CREATIVE THOUGHT

What we do

We help to make change happen in healthcare. We are focused on developing compassionate workplaces via employee wellbeing and quality improvement initiatives.

EVENTS

Bringing people together to help facilitate change. Small workshops to larger events.

PROJECTs

Co-ordination of service improvement projects from start to finish.  Support with existing projects.

COACHING

Quality improvement coaching for small to medium sized groups. 

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about

Our Beliefs and Values.

Inspiring change.

We are on a journey at Creative Thought.  Everyone is. There is one thing for sure and that is that change will always happen. Things don’t stay the same in the workplace, and especially in healthcare.  

However, change needn’t cause chaos, concern or pressure. We believe in making change happen in a positive way. Taking care of people.  System pressures can mean personal wellbeing is overlooked.  We are here to help consider this as part of quality improvement initiatives.

At Creative Thought we look to harness creative ingenuity and individuality.

Wellbeing

Empathy

Collaboration

Compassionate Leadership

OUR STORY



We believe employee wellbeing underpins the quality of care and services. Quality improvement starts with joy at work

Claire Fletcher
Founder

 

A background in pharmacy clinical practice and healthcare service management, development and commissioning, Claire has experience in quality improvement and understands the importance of compassionate leadership, especially during times of change.  Creative Thought is a venture to explore how the interdisciplinary field of medical humanities can help with personal wellbeing, self understanding and joy in work.

EVENTS 2020

Friday 10th January 2020
Turner Contemporary Art Gallery, Margate

Speakers

Stephanie degiorgio

GP

Perinatal Mental Health, Co-Lead GP NHSE PNMH, England. Women’s Health, Obesity. 

Esther Murray

Health Psychologist 

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Moral injury and burnout.

Amy Wilson

Neuroscience Researcher 

Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN). Founder @Medic_Minds.

Heidi Edmundson

Emergency Medicine Consultant

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust. Clinical Lead for Emergency Paediatrics.  

Jo Talbot Bowen

Consultant Psychotherapist

EMDR & Hypnotherapy. Co-Founder CRxeate. MRCPsych. Director Exeter Stress Clinic, Devon.

Louise Younie

GP

Medical Educator, Arts and Wellbeing.

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Hugh Grant Peterkin

Older Adult Liaison Psychiatrist

East London NHS Foundation Trust and trained at London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA)

News

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Turner Prize – inspiring wellbeing

 

Burnout in healthcare – how getting creative can help

This autumn, the Turner Prize 2019 is coming to Margate. Every other year the Prize moves from Tate Britain to a regional venue and this year it’s coming to the Turner Contemporary art gallery Margate, Kent.  Four of the most exciting contemporary artists working today have been shortlisted for the prize and will have their work exhibited, with the winner announced in December 2019.

So what connects the Turner Prize with employee wellbeing in healthcare?

Both the Turner Prize and Turner Contemporary take their name from the artist JMW Turner (1775 – 1851), who was an innovative, radical and controversial artist in his day. He is now seen as one of the greatest British artists. Turner became a regular visitor to Margate and sought inspiration from the area declaring the skies over Thanet,  ‘the loveliest in all Europe”.   

Turner created more than 550 oil paintings, 2000 watercolours and 30,000 works on paper.  Not every work was a major masterpiece.

Now in 2019, the Turner Prize and Turner’s Margate can inspire creativity, ingenuity, perseverance and pausing for thought. To Think Like An Artist is not be afraid of failure. To be curious about the world we live in, to have opinion about what is important.

The arts can provide additional perspective to the sciences. Coming together to experience the Turner Prize exhibition can allow healthcare employees time to think about healthcare practices and priorities. We are all artists, we all can be brave, and enterprising. Confidence to create is crucial. Artists don’t ask permission to paint, write, act or sing. They just do it.

Drawing on the creative and intellectual strengths of creative disciplines including literature, art, creative writing, drama, music and photography, Expressions of Medical Creativity will inspire self-reflection, inner strength and confidence to continuously self-improve and create. Having this courage and self-understanding can help individuals to change their own and other’s behaviours allowing positive cultures to develop in healthcare systems under pressure. Experts in medical education and medical humanities will inspire you in 2020.

Visiting the Turner Prize and indulging in creativity for wellbeing is an experience not to be missed.

Think Like An Artist – Will Gompertz (2015) Penguin Random House, UK. ISBN: 978-0-241-97080-5

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