Delegates at NHS conference collaborate on tables and mind map project journeys in workshop led by Mind DoodleDelegates at NHS conference collaborate on tables and mind map project journeys in workshop led by Mind Doodle

Mapping project journeys at NHS Symposium

Mind Doodle and the NHS R&D Forum encourage collaborative thinking

The team from Mind Doodle recently took part in the NHS R&D Forum’s Non-Commercial Research Sponsors Symposium for Health & Care (NHS Symposium) in London, UK.

The focus of the Symposium was to build relationships and share definitions or being a good and compliant Sponsor from various perspectives.

Organised by the NHS Research & Development Forum, the event brought together policy makers, regulators, sites and representatives, partner organisations, researchers and patients to work to address the Sponsor process and current hot topics for research, health and care.

Tess Coughlan-Allen from Mind Doodle worked with Kate Greenwood, NHS R&D Forum Manager and Birgit Whitman, Head of Research Governance to deliver a collaborative thinking session that all attendees could contribute to.

Kate Greenwood, NHS R&D Forum Manager said:

“Thank you to Mind Doodle for the opportunity to help us collate the thoughts of 95 people into something visible in such a relatively short space of time. We have been able to share the end product and commit to working on the results now to produce something more streamlined for all.”

Birgit Whitman, Head of Research Governance said:

“It was brilliant to work with Mind Doodle and they have my fullest admiration for an incredibly quick uptake of all the complex processes that were discussed and reflected expertly in the mind maps.”

A new community

Being a Research Sponsor representative is a broad and evolving role, with responsibility and accountability yet very little opportunity to share practice.

In answer to this, the inaugural NHS Symposium initiated the forming of a Sponsors community that will continue to meet annually to share expertise, explore challenges and develop learning.

NHS R&D Forum’s Non-Commercial Research Sponsors Symposium for Health & Care

To help launch this community, Mind Doodle was invited to facilitate a collaborative thinking session by mind mapping at the NHS Symposium, where participants could contribute perceptions, processes, and share best practises for the benefit of all involved.

Mapping the project journey

To explore the Sponsor Process, the room split into working groups, with Mind Doodle’s Tess Coughlan-Allen working closely with one group.

Mind Doodle facilitating collaborative thinking at NHS Symposium
Mind Doodle’s Tess capturing ideas digitally during the NHS Symposium

Participants were invited to discuss responsibilities and oversight along the project journey, whilst exploring how this can be achieved proportionately.

Each group mapped the processes collaboratively for 15 minutes. After which, the table using Mind Doodle for creative thinking presented their work at the front of the conference, hooking up Mind Doodle to the big screen for all to see.

Mind Doodle introducing session at NHS Symposium
Tess Coughlan-Allen and Birgit Whitman at the NHS Symposium

At this point, the conversation opened up to the entire room. Participants added comments and suggested more ideas for the mind map in a dynamic, real time demonstration.

The session was split into three phases, with three mind maps, presentations and collaborative thinking phases.

Initially, the groups worked through the Ideas and Approvals Phase. This proved to be the most creative phase, which centred around risk. The exploratory nature of the theme gave participants permission develop and evolve ideas freely, without constraint.

Idea - Approval Phase mind map at the NHS Symposium

The second mind map explored the Set-Up and Follow-Up Phase. In line with the theme, this session of collaborative thinking was more structured, focusing on key elements including costing, monitoring, oversight, teams, good conduct and compliance.

Set Up - Follow-Up Phase mind map at NHS Symposium

Finally, the room explored the processes related to the Study Closure and Dissemination Phase. During this phase, the groups commented on closing criteria and discussed archiving and publicising results.

Closure - Dissemination Phase mind map at NHS Symposium

Creating process maps using Mind Doodle gives attendees access to digital resources with key takeaways from the session, which they can continue to refer to during their working practice.

Mind Doodle supports a range of industries with collaborative thinking and teaches teams how to develop ideas creatively whilst maintaining efficiency and effective project management.

If you would like to invite Mind Doodle to facilitate a workshop or take part in your conference, contact Tess Coughlan-Allen– we’ll be happy to help.

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