I read with interest the item 'PCT 'dragons' hunt fresh ideas'. Last autumn in South West Essex primary care trust provider services, we launched a 'new innovations initiative' which was based on the TV series Dragons' Den. We established our initiative to help with developing a culture of innovation across the provider side of the trust.

The initiative asked frontline staff to offer ideas that would assist with improving services for patients as we believe many of the best ideas come from those delivering the services. Our approach was based on them bringing their ideas to a panel of senior managers and we have had a good response.

Mary Currie, South West Essex PCT