6S Methodology

6S Elements

6S is a system that helps organise the workspace for efficiency, safety, and cleanliness. The system adheres to the 6S principles of Sort, Set in order, Standardise, Shine, Sustain and Safety.

6S lean helps organisations promote an efficient working environment and establish a sustainable safety and health culture. The system also reduces waste and improves quality.

  • Sort: This step involves identifying and removing all unneeded items from the work area. This helps to eliminate clutter and makes it easier to find what you need.
  • Set in Order: This step involves organising the remaining items to be easy to find and use. This includes labeling everything and keeping it in its proper place.
  • Shine: This step involves cleaning the work area and equipment. This helps to prevent accidents and keeps the area looking good.
  • Standardise: This step involves creating standard procedures for how things are done. This helps to ensure that everyone is doing things the same way and makes it easier to train new employees.
  • Sustain: This step involves maintaining the work area and keeping it clean. This helps to ensure that the area is always ready for use and that it stays looking good.
  • Safety: This final step involves identifying and eliminating potential safety hazards and setting preventive controls to keep workers safe and secure during work operations. In addition, it also ensures that the work environment complies with required safety standards.

6S is taught during our Practice Coach training programme and you may identify areas across the Trust that have been organised using 6S Methodology. This Lean approach seeks to eliminate waste and reduce stress and frustration for workers — improvements that in turn benefit the patient experience.

Why do you need 6S?

  • It is the basis for all process improvement.
  • It reduces costs by eliminating wastes.
  • It drives for fewer injuries, promoting safety.
  • It improves QUALITY by reducing defects.
  • It improves delivery performance by reducing delays.



Team Health

Team Health is a simple tool that helps teams measure team health over time; the data the teams capture can inform actions that drive continuous improvement in team behaviour.

The first step in the Team Health tool is to establish the collective values of your team.

Once these values have been collected, the majority will be made into Team Health cards to discuss during the Team Health section of a team Improvement Huddle.

After reading out the extreme discropters on the Value Card, on the count of 3, each team member can use their thumb to express their view, establishing how faithful each individual feels the team behaviours are to the value read out. 

This should open a discussion for colleagues to share how they feel in a safe space, if they wish to. 

if you would like to find out more about Team Health please email us: plh-tr.qualityacademyplymouth@nhs.net

Team Health




Miro logo

Miro is a collaborative whiteboard plaform that helps to visualise and conceptualise strategies and their delivery across an organisation where teams in different locations can work  simultaneously on the same canvas. 

Miro empowers remote, in-office, and hybrid teams to communicate and collaborate across formats, tools, channels, and time zones — without the constraints of physical location, meeting space, and whiteboards.

How are different teams within the Trust using Miro?

Executive Team - gain an overview of improvement work currently being undertaken across the Trust

Care Group Leadership - teams gain an overview of improvement work currently being undertaken.

Service Line Leadership Teams - updating their Improvement Walls and running improvement and governance meetings.

What solutions can Miro offer you and your teams?

Hybrid Work -collaborate wherever and whenever you work.

Meetings & Workshops - Engage teams and make big things happen

Brainstorming - unleash and expand on creative ideas.

Diagramming - chart a path and illustrate concepts.

Set goals and track progress.

Drive faster team collaboration.

Visualise tasks and dependencies.

If you would like to find out more about Miro and how you can utilise it within your teams, email us: plh-tr.qualityacademyplymouth@nhs.net


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