Erica Bradley writes –
The Professional Services (PS) Directorate, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust includes Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech & Language Therapy, Dietetics, Chaplaincy, Medical Illustration, Psychological Services and Bereavement Services. The Quality Initiative (QI) event is an annual opportunity for PS to showcase their work to colleagues and anyone who may be interested, including the Trust Executive Group. It is a good way to share learning and encourage innovation.
We submitted one of our posters “Meeting the challenge of simultaneous talk for cochlear implant users: a progress report” for this event, it was accepted and exhibited alongside 38 other posters. The event took place on 8th December at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital (RHH) & 17th December at the Northern General Hospital (NGH).
Sixty five people attended the RHH event and ninety one the NGH event. All those attending are asked to submit a vote for the best poster and this year’s winner was ‘The development of mindfulness Half-hours for the Benefit of Trust Staff‘.
The involvement of patients in developing services in healthcare is valued and within PS there is a patient panel, the development of which was outlined in another poster. Although we didn’t win we had the opportunity to raise awareness about the difficulties experienced by CI users in conversation and highlight our project. Emina & I attended both events and were able to talk to those who were interested about the project.