Nursing staff can now show their caring qualities with a touch of competitiveness after a board game focussing on these attributes has been produced by a team of Teesside-based nurses.
A group of senior nurses and clinical matrons, including Karen Harwood, came up with, and developed, the idea of ‘Who Cares Wins’ while working on the wards and departments at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.
Karen, lead nurse in patient relations at the trust, said: “The game has been designed to help highlight and address key patient safety issues while promoting learning in a way that is interactive, fun and memorable. It has taken some time to get it to this point but, as a team, we are really proud to see it as a finished board game.”
The concept was taken up by NHS Innovations North and Catherine Reed at the trust, who supported the team with a successful £5,000 bid to the Academic Health Science Network. This helped turn their initial plans for the game into the glossy, boxed board game it is today.
Anna Taylor of NHS Innovations North added: “We are delighted to support South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to take their innovative ideas forward and it is fantastic to see improvements that help improve the way training and education is delivered.
“Now in its twelfth year the Awards celebrate the achievements of NHS employees throughout all sectors of the service in the North East and North Cumbria who have risen to the challenge of telling us how, and where, they believe that improvements to the service provided to patients can be improved, either through a technical innovation or through better service delivery”
The game is to be formally launched at the Durham and Teesside Patient Safety Conference, on Tuesday 31 March and is aimed specifically at nursing staff. After that, the initial limited stock will be available to buy at www.ennovations.co.uk.
The trust is also looking into the idea of creating an application to enable the game to be played on mobile devices to enable it to be easily updated and more widely available.