For many years, people in healthcare have been asking for ways to exchange improvement skills and ideas in an open and collaborative environment.
Some people want to learn from improvement work in other organisations whilst others want to pick the brains of subject matter experts irrespective of their location or seniority.
Some want to support project teams that develop an idea in an area of their special interest or source 'hard to find' skills that could ignite programmes within their own organisations.
Others simply gain a huge sense of satisfaction passing on their knowledge to others whilst many more have a demand for a specific skill to progress their improvement work.
Hexitime is an elegant solution that responds to all of these needs.
Give an hour, get one back
First and foremost, Hexitime is a timebank. Timebanks are a virtual currency that observe the simple premise of reciprocity (e.g. give an hour and get one back).
Once you have joined the timebank, you can access the improvement skills and expertise of the health and social care community without real money changing hands - so long as you are prepared to give back to the community too.
You can earn time credits by offering your skills for improvement work and you can spend your credits by drawing Hexitime members into your own work - all the time building up your personal contributions in numbers and highlights.
The concept of healthcare timebanking was first proposed at the 2017 annual Q Community event in Liverpool and followed up with learning from timebanks in public services which have united disenfranchised communities.
Small scale pilots across the Q Community left members inspired, better resourced and equipped with new ideas. These skill exchanges contributed to successful bids of funding for further programmes.
All exchanges are for improvement work and all exchanges are equitable (e.g. member ‘A’ is not worth more than member ‘B’). Skills exchanges can therefore work across a number of organisational, regional or national levels.
Turn your bright ideas into projects
Hexitime also gives you, and the organisation you work for, a free platform to exchange your ideas and skills for improvement – helping both your professional development and your improvement projects.
As well as adding your offers and requests via the timebank, you can pose your questions and challenges - gathering the ideas and insights of the Hexitime community - and turn the best ideas into projects.
There is often a solution that exists already but sometimes there isn't. By allowing others to share their ideas to the challenges that are important to you, Hexitime allows you to garner fresh perspectives.
In participating, you are maximising the skills and experiences of the Hexitime network to improve our health and social care services. Hexitime lets you take bright ideas further. Ideas can be rated, replied to and endorsed by others.
Hexitime is funded by the Health Foundation’s Q Exchange programme. The Health Foundation is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK.