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On Friday 22nd June 27 bids from across both hospitals got the Dragons’ approval at the final presentation day.

Armed with bids and proposals innovation was alive and well at the Trust.The ASPH Dragons were on great form and often put as much passion into competing to be the sponsoring executive as the clinical teams did to ensure their bids won! There were some very innovative ways of presenting bids to the Dragons with many staff dressing up, using props and even performing a specially written rap.

It was a privilege to see teams from across the Trust put forward so many ideas that continue to turn the Trust’s vision of providing an outstanding experience and best outcome for patients and the team, into reality.

Ideas ranged from folding beds so relatives can stay close to patients at the end of their lives, to digital apps to support voice therapy and many ways of entertaining and stimulating patients’ recovery whilst on our wards.

All shortlisted pitches were successful and the Dragons were enormously impressed with all the creativity, innovation and team work on display.

Over the coming weeks each successful bidder will be contacted by their Dragon (aka executive sponsor) to help implement their ideas. Many ideas seem to have much potential to be shared more widely across the Trust and we are looking to successful bidders to share the learning from their projects in our Dragon’s Den Revisited event later this year.

From all of the executive team a big thank you to all of our teams that put forward bids, and to the executive PAs and HR teams that supported the event and made it happen.