What is innovation?
- Innovation can be defined as a successful step change in a system, service or product.
- It can involve the introduction of something new to the world or new to the context.
- Innovation involves problem exploration, idea generation and successful practical implementation.
Examples of innovations in Health and Social Care Innovative solutions in Mental Health can include:
- Changes from paper based to electronic or digital systems and processes.
- Changes in types of treatments available - e.g., use of V.R (Virtual Reality). to support people overcome fears of going outdoors.
- Video based clinical consultations rather than clinic-based consultations
- Use of health and well-being apps to improve personal health management
- Use of data driven analytical systems to support decision making
- Use of voice recognition software rather than using keyboards as data inputting interface
Why innovation attempts fail?
Many innovative solutions fail to be successful because they are not the right solution to the problem, the problem has not been correctly identified or the solution is too advanced or complex for the innovative capability of the organisation or local context.
Increasing the chances of successful innovation!
Assessing current conditions using complex systems analytics with the use of such tools as found in the Systematic Innovation approach can enable individuals and teams to reveal key contradictions, conflicts and tensions within their problem or opportunity scenario.
Having exposed the challenges and raised awareness of the multiple elements, interfaces and dimensions in each situation innovators are then prepared to generate robust solutions using a relevant system thinking approach or draw on inventive principles to push their thinking to new limits. Innovative solutions must then be tested against local knowledge of the culture and innovative capability of the organisation for alignment, fit and readiness for adoption.
Innovation within GMMH
Supporting the implementation and evaluation of AI driven data analytics team and individual worker patient dashboards to support decision making, organisation and focus on the oversight and interventions for people involved with CMHTs (Community Mental Health Team).
Evaluation of service user views of the use of patient data for service evaluation and research.
The development of the role of volunteer digital navigators and their involvement in the review and recommendation of health-related apps for CAMHS and IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies). Interface between academic advisors and evaluators and front-line services
Training clinical and managerial staff and service users in Systematic Innovation to explore their work-related situation and generate novel ideas. Learning from long established research clinics, in various health domains and bringing that knowledge to GMMH to support the development of research clinics in the Mental Health domain.
Acting as the front door to novel digital therapeutic intervention looking for evaluation partners or pilot environments. The key criteria for working with such industry partners is their possession of volumes of excellent quality and repeatable test data, research investment, and Intellectual Property.
Supporting the delivery of health tech research in GMMH with current projects focussing on physical health for people under early intervention in Psychosis Services through exploring the feasibility and useability of the Smoke Free App and evaluating the use of a digital therapeutic intervention for children with fears and worries Lumi Nova. In some cases, research is not translated into clinical practice, so the Innovation Team at GMMH are exploring ways to improve translation of research for example implementing into clinical team's game Change Virtual Reality for people with psychosis and agoraphobia.