Staff at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Trust have been inspired by the reality show Love Island to create an initiative to help teams to work more closely.
The senior management team for the trust’s gastrointestinal medicine and surgery department “couple up” to form 12 pairs each week, and then visit different areas within the department to meet staff and enhance workforce relations.
Each week there is a “recoupling” when the senior management team couple up with someone new, and are then allocated a new area to visit that week.
The idea is that members of the team – which includes the head of nursing, general manager, clinical director and quality and improvement lead among many others – are coupled with someone they would not usually work closely with from the management team, and meet staff within areas of the department which they would not often be based in.
The initiative started in June and has been running ever since. It has proved so successful that the team want to continue it for the foreseeable future.
Anjali Joshi, general manager of the gastrointestinal medicine and surgery department, said: “Before our daily catch-up meetings, some of the senior managers would catch up about what had happened in the previous night’s episode of Love Island.
“We decided that coupling up and visiting staff within the department, which consists of around 400 employees, would be a great way to get to know staff better and make us all more familiar with the department’s different clinical and non-clinical areas.
“Our quality and improvement lead decides who should be recoupled with who each week so luckily no one has been dumped so far, unlike in Love Island”
The project has already had many benefits within just a couple of months of it being launched.
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