NHS South Tyneside
David Cliff

Member Article

New services build on Gedanken's NHS success

Gedanken, the Wearside based counselling and coaching company, is building on the success of an innovative partnership with South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust.

The relationship has already seen Gedanken bring its practices and thinking to the Trust’s activities across the Boldon, Whitburn, South Shields and Jarrow areas. Now, the company is adding innovative new measures to not only improve the service, but also the client engagement.

Gedanken, which is run by Managing Director David Cliff, a trainer, manager and therapist, provides out of hours counselling to groups and individuals across the PCT area, offering help with anxiety, bereavement, depression, anger, stress and more.

Since the contract was extended in the early summer of 2012, Gedanken has increased the number of clinics provided.

By introducing business thinking to the process, Gedanken has driven a significant improvement in turnout at the sessions through greater engagement with those on the waiting list, delivering enhanced value to the service.

Measures to increase engagement include:

  • a YouTube video to outline what can be expected from anger management support
  • greater provision of information through GPs’ surgeries and other public service outlets
  • improved information to help clients to access the out of hours service
  • an initiative aimed at better preparing clients for their first experiences, reducing failure to attend rates

David Cliff, Managing Director of Houghton-le-Spring based Gedanken, said: “The extension of this contract earlier this year reflects the excellent relationship we have built with South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust and our ability to deliver sensitive and value for money services into the community we have always served. The addition of these new measures has really allowed us to make changes which are improving the impact of the service, by reaching more people, saving money for our client.

“The success of our work with the Trust illustrates the benefits which can be achieved by an organisation which has already been proactive in working with the NHS. As a smaller, privately owned company, the way we work must be driven by efficiency and we have injected that into the work we do for the Trust, bringing excellent results.”

David Hambleton, Director of Commissioning Development at South Tyneside PCT, said: “The Gedanken service works in a true collaboration with our local Trust and demonstrates what can be achieved in a true public private partnership with a company with a strong sense of social responsibility. Patients have responded very positively to the Gedanken service and this has increased with the new measures which have been added.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by David Cliff .

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