The Productive Mental Health Ward - Toolkit  

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The Productive Mental Health Ward – Toolkit forms part of the Foundation level of The Productive Series: Releasing Time to CareTM programme. The Productive Series has been specifically designed to help frontline staff spend more time on patient care, reduce waste and improve efficiency.

This module is a reference manual for all the tools mentioned specifically within The Productive Mental Health Ward programme: each tool is clearly and simply explained. The tools are not designed to be used in a stand alone fashion. They should be used as you implement the other modules in the Productive Ward series.

Tools are the easy and fun bit but these alone will rarely get you results. They will help you get results only as part of a radical change in thinking on your ward. The real challenge will be leading your team towards your defined vision of a safer, more timely and more dignified experience for your patients.

It is very tempting to jump straight for the Toolkit when starting the Productive Ward. You need to remember that tools are just a means to an end. In the same way as having a set of wrenches and spanners does not necessarily mean you can fix a car, just possessing the Productive Ward toolkit is not enough for successful implementation.

Start to use these tools only after you are confident you have prepared to the level the Ward Leader’s Guide module recommends.

It will help you implement the Productive Ward on your ward and overcome specific problems. Have this toolkit to hand when implementing the Productive Ward modules.

The learning objectives for this course are:

  • To provide you with a step by step guide to all of the tools used in The Productive Mental Health Ward
  • The principles behind each of the tools
  • How and when to apply the tools to support implementation of The Productive Mental Health Ward.


Lesson Plan


Areas covered include:

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Your Vision
  • Meetings
  • Activity Follow
  • Video Waste Walk
  • Interviews
  • Photographs
  • Videos
  • Timing Processes
  • Calculating Related Incidents
  • Process Mapping
  • Cost/Benefit Analysis
  • Module Action Planner
  • 5-Why Analysis
  • Spaghetti Diagrams
  • Audit Planning
  • Visit Pyramid
  • 5S Game
  • Time Benefit Quantification
  • Dot Voting



The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


On completion of this course you will be able to print a City & Guilds accredited certificate.


Approximately 1 - 2 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.

Target Audience

This module is targeted specifically at individuals undertaking modules within The Productive Mental Health Ward programme. 

Further Information

This e-learning module is designed to offer underpinning knowledge to support the roll out of the Productive Series. Whilst learning can occur at any time, the Productive Series has been purposefully designed in a modular form to allow teams to implement the programmes in a sequential manner starting with the Foundation modules and progressing to the Process modules. The NHS Institute therefore strongly recommends that implementation follows the recommended path to ensure the best opportunity to realise the benefits which the programme can deliver and ensure they are sustained.


Entry Requirements


There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

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