22 August 2018

The climax to a series of rehearsals finally arrived for the ELFTBEATS! who had yet another big gig outing, this time at the prestigious TEDxNHS conference at London’s BFI IMAX cinema on Tuesday 21st August.

Comprised of Trust service users and staff with the help of our friends from the Pandemonium Drummers, ELFTBEATS! were there not just to add to the infectious energy of the day’s proceedings, but to bang the drum for a Trust high priority area: to make sure that improving enjoyment at work is something everyone feels involved in.

Coordinator and Trust music therapist Imogen Dyer said, ‘It was an amazing day and something I am so proud to have been part of. The drummers were an integral part of TEDxNHS, and the support the Pandemonium Olympic Drummers gave to us was incredible.' An ELFT video was created with the help of the QI team and presented on the 28 metre high IMAX Screen to the TED audience that showcased the process and results which have been seen so far from the Trust’s  'Enjoying Work' Quality Improvement projects.  ELFTBEATS! supported the video presentation to create the celebratory atmosphere that opened  the whole event.

The day’s events were live-streamed across the whole of the NHS.  ELFTBEATS! performance opened one of the day’s sessions called  'Infectious Ideas - disruptive innovations that go viral.’  ELFT's 'Enjoying Work' was presented as one of these 'infectious ideas'. Throughout the day, there was a focus from many of the speakers on the importance of staff wellbeing and through this how better care can be provided which ties in with the ethos our ELFT Strategy moving forward. In addition, the other musical performances during the day also showed how music can be an integral part of supporting wellbeing for staff and service users.  

The full programme of speakers and videos of the event (soon to be available) can be found here.