Encouraging innovation in BSW Together – sign up for training and share your ideas

Innovation has always been important in BSW but, as the BSW Together Integrated Care System continues to grow and partners work in more joined up and collaborative ways, creating a culture that encourages people to think and act in more innovative ways is of central importance.

Innovation is one of the five pillars of the BSW Academy and a BSW ICS strategy for innovation is currently in development.

The BSW Academy brings together teams from all BSW health and care providers enabling collaboration across health and care services for the benefit of the people working with us and those in our local communities.

As part of the Academy’s work to encourage innovation, colleagues from a number of different partner organisations came together recently for a focus group co-hosted with the West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN).

Colleagues looked at how BSW Together could create an environment and culture where innovation could thrive in areas including the ways we all work, training and research.

Feedback from the session highlighted the importance of providing training to equip those working across BSW with the right tools and skills to encourage innovation.

As a result, the BSW Academy has partnered with WEAHSN to provide a course for up to twenty people on Design Thinking – a proven approach to creating the right mindset for innovation and helping attendees adapt their personal style to work and think more innovatively.

This is a new training offer designed specifically for health and care professionals in BSW ICS, who may or may not have experience of using quality improvement  approaches to solving challenges and would like to learn how to use some new tools which can be used for improving patient safety and patient care.

Initially, there will be two training programmes, which will be identical in terms of content. The first on 16 March and the second in May 2023.

The training sessions will be delivered via Zoom and will be highly interactive, with group collaboration using online collaboration tool Miro. The tools used will be taken from |WEAHSN’s Creative Problem Solving toolkit, which is free to access and download to all NHS staff: https://www.weahsn.net/creative-problem-solving-toolkit/


Programme 1: 16th March and 30th March: 9.30 – 13.00

Programme 2: 18th and 25th May: 9.30 – 13.00

Attendees must commit to both sessions of either the March or May programmes

To register an interest please email the BSW academy inbox: bswicb.bswacademy@nhs.net