Nobody's Patient the finale!
#MatExp March 17
I can hardly believe that this time last year we were only just beginning to think about a bid for the challenge fund money. Nobody's Patient was 'born' a rapid pulling together of the gaps we had seen in our earlier work & influenced by some of the strong women who had stepped forward & spoken out- Leigh, Helen,Emma,Suzanne& Catherine
Now our new material is a reality & it is already being put to work
Teaching us new things.....
We are so delighted that 'Nobody's Patient' work immediately ties in with the new National Maternal & neonatal health safety collaborative .....it's almost like we planned it that way 😉
Take a look at our slides here
Gill is receiving requests for workshops up & down the country, we are so thrilled our work is going to have such immediate impact
Big Success‼️but then what else would you expect from such an energetic gang ? The reality is improvement & change are never easy. Behind the success of our project there is a lot of hard work & perseverance by many people
This captured my imagination as an illustration of what lies beneath
It takes determination to constantly push yourself out of your comfort zone
But I want you to understand that with belief and resilience change is not only possible but can be fun too
Writing the 2nd edition of the toolkit has been a huge labour of love, it seemed like we would never finish, especially as we kept adding ideas. Now it's come together the sense of achievement is fabulous
Rachel made us a fab infographic 😊
Pulling together best practice case studies has been a challenge too but we were determined to get those ideas out for people to copy even if some are a work in progress
I think sometimes sharing the difficulties of change can be helpful showcasing how problems can be overcome, it's hard to copy those you think have it all plain sailing
We stood up to be counted on international women's day in our own individual ways
Meanwhile back at Kingston I tried out some cards as interview scenarios to recruit to a new team with my consultant midwife colleague Lizzie. It was a great way to start a conversation & discuss empathy
Helen one of our midwives has become a whirlwind of fund raising for a maternity bereavement counsellor
We updated everyone at Kingston Maternity voices
The positive birth book was published 16th March and I was delighted to see my contribution in print
You can read it here
Our end of project event just happens to coincide with #ExpOfCare week ✅
We were busy preparing some goodies
Rather a lot of baking!
Vibrant #MatExp badges, & and some helium 😳
The big day arrived!
Badged up ready to go!
Catherine took over registration
New material out on the table for people to explore
We wanted the project to speak for itself with strong women's voices
Catherine talks of the pinksnblues and the importance of second trimester support
Mary gave us a fabulous round up of themes raised during the project
Soon it was time for randomised coffee time....catch up with old friends
& make new connections....
Building a network of connections that will help take the work forwards
Refreshment was abundant
Click here to get the atmosphere
Like all good #MatExp events there was a gorgeous baby 😀TY @Surbitonmum
Then time to listen to some of the solutions and action the project has inspired
Launching our new case studies & toolkit 😀
Leigh #Hugoslegacy talking about the upcoming Edge talk on 7th April having earlier shared her emotional rollercoaster of experiences
We hope this is very much the beginning rather than the end, it's over to you to use what we've learnt & developed
Thinking differently that's what it's all about! There are two workshops planned at Lewisham next week so the journey continues 😊
Thank you to everyone who contributed its been outstanding & inspiring
Reflection can be important so I took a walk to Richmond Park to sit on the bench where it had all started
A year ago I sat here on the phone talking bid ideas with Leigh
So dream big think what you can make happen!