Warwick Med is leading the change from disposable theatre caps to reusable “name and role” cloth hats. These are already boosting staff morale and reducing patients’ anxiety as they enable everyone to identify the people around them, quickly and easily. Our mission is to improve communication among healthcare professionals and patients by sharing best practice and promoting the many benefits of our eco-friendly, personalised caps.
My name is Danielle Checketts, Managing Director of Warwick Medical.
As a former medical professional, I am passionate about patient safety and communication. My mission is to help create a safer, greener NHS.
After 7 years working in the NHS followed by 16 years in medical sales, I saw first-hand how having access to the right medical advances could change patients’ lives. I also realised that collecting and sharing personal stories and clinical evidence was crucial in promoting those advances, enabling even more people to get life-changing treatment.
Named Reusable Theatre Caps:
After being asked to write my name onto my disposable theatre hat when training a theatre department in February 2020, I have made it my mission to facilitate the implementation of personalised theatre hats throughout the UK and beyond because I could see the huge benefits and positive impacts they could bring generate. I have been working to supply reusable embroidered theatre caps for over two years now to various NHS Hospitals in the UK and I have developed extensive knowledge and expertise around this topic . I have worked with different universities, sustainability leaders and various consultants in conducting evaluations, microbial studies and I feel that I am aware of the main pros and cons of implementing personalised reusable theatre hats which has enabled me to design and create a new product: a way of successfully identifying all staff within the Theatre department. Staff members won’t need to take their personalised hats home to wash, they will be able to put them into the laundry baskets at the end of their shift, as they do with their scrubs.
In order to provide evidence and current up to date research, we have been working closely with Birmingham University, who have already produced a theatre fabric hat review which provides thorough information on some of the hospitals in the UK who have already made the change to name and role fabric theatre hats. This review explores the results, benefits, and challenges of implementing fabric hats into their hospitals. We have also had a pilot microbial study undertaken by the University which will compare the differences of wearing disposable to fabric hats, plus, washing the fabric hats at home (as most staff in other parts of the hospital take their uniforms home to wash) and how effectively domestic washing of the headwear is. Our next microbial study will be across more trusts and involve more clinicians.
We have also had a case study done which explains clearly how making the change to our hats has produced the many benefits described above. You can download this via the link:
Director Of Finance & eCommerce
I am passionate about IT and always looking for ways to improve efficiency through technology. I gained qualifications in media, website design and building back office systems to cope with the demands of the ever-changing online industry.
When Danielle came up with the idea of making a change within the NHS to boost patient safety and communication through the "Named Theatre Hats" campaign, I instantly knew that I wanted to be part of this hugely worthwhile initiative.
I moved on to learn sales and marketing, health and safety and eventually finance and started a successful logistics company plus various online shopping stores. I enjoy spending my (limited) free time on the golf course or working out in the gym
I’ve spent 20 years in Telecoms and IT business, much of that time in Senior Management.
As a keen advocate of tech in both my work and my personal life, I am uniquely placed to see the overall picture and I particularly relish orchestrating the various moving parts to provide the complete solution.
Project Management, mergers and acquisitions plus ‘people’ management are key strings to my bow.
I get excited about technical systems, system integration and automation. Outside work, I enjoy travel and dealing in rare and historic vinyl records, which has given me the chance to flex my entrepreneurial muscles.
IT and operations
I am the social media manager for Warwick Med.
With over 12 years of experience creating, implementing, and optimising social media strategies, I am relentlessly focused on telling a company’s story and mission through the use of social media to help boost awareness and visibility.
I am passionate about engaging with audiences about our innovative products, learning about patient stories and using our channels as a platform to have important conversations about patient care and the environment. I am excited to bring this energy and commitment to an environmentally focused & ethical business like Warwick Med.
Social Media Manager