Nurses’ Across Dudley and Walsall Face the Dragons’ Den – 16/02/10

Mental Health nurses from Dudley and Walsall took part in a Dragons Den style event yesterday to mark Nurses’ Day, an annual celebration on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s Birthday.

The event which was held in the style of the well known BBC programme The Dragons' Den offered nurses the chance to present any ideas they have which could improve the quality of mental health services.

Nurses’ from Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership Trust, gathered to put forward their ideas and suggestions for new ways of working to provide the very best in mental health services for the residents of Dudley and Walsall.

A variety of ideas were presented to a panel of judges which included Mental Health Service Users, Clinicians and Trust Directors.  A number of ideas were identified as being very innovative and senior managers within the Trust will be looking to implement these ideas as soon as possible.

Wendy Pugh, Director of Operations and Nursing said:

“We recognise that nurses at all levels often have ideas on how we can improve the way we work and we are keen to hear these ideas.“

“This event was well received and really helped to acknowledge and celebrate the fantastic contributions that nurses make to our society. It was great to see so many nurses keen to tell us their ideas."

Gary Graham, Chief Executive said:

“We are always keen to hear what our staff think and listen to any ideas which could improve the quality of our services and help us be more effective.”

“It is great to see so many of our staff are keen to consider new ways of working and are thinking about how we can improve our services.  It is important that everyone’s ideas are valued and we will definitely be pursuing some of the proposed initiatives.”