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RDF19 Poster Detail

Poster Title 
Improving team working through the introduction of Daily Huddles

In March 2018 as our portfolio of studies was expanding in the Trust we recognised that our weekly R&D team meeting to discuss setup and progress of studies in our Trust was in some cases delaying decision making to open studies in a timely manner.

We decided to look at a model of ‘daily huddles’ which were in place in our clinical services to explore how this could potentially help us improve our communication and productivity in R&D. Daily huddles are a 10-15 minute stand up meeting discussing the priorities and issues for the day and use a visual control board to keep track of agreed actions.

We observed some of the daily huddles in the clinical services and booked some protected time for our R&D team to consider this and what we might include on our visual control board.

We started the daily huddles in June 2018 and some of the early benefits we have observed are improved communication, clear focus of team responsibilities and ability to spread workload to different team members, staff having protected time to get on with other more project based work.

The visual control board has evolved since starting the huddles as we are able to focus more on priority actions, daily workload and KPI’s. The huddles have also increased learning for all team members as more challenging queries are discussed in the huddles.


  • DANIEL, Sarah (R&D Mananger: Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS FT)
  • HENDERSON, Aileen (R&D Manager: Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS FT)
Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust