Have your say in national survey

THE National Staff Survey will be launched next week.

This is a chance for all staff to have their say on their jobs and what it is like working at the Trust.

We realise there are a lot of changes taking place in the NHS nationally and locally and it is crucial we know what your experience is so we can make improvements going forward.

We are committed to using the survey’s findings to improve the working conditions and experiences of our staff – something that is an integral part of staff engagement work.

We have used the survey in recent years to make improvements in areas such as making nationally recognised health and wellbeing support schemes available for staff, developing reward and recognition schemes, introducing more support for new managers and senior leaders, providing more support for our new starters and reviewing the mandatory training programme to ensure it’s easier for people to remain compliant (especially because of the expectations of the new Agenda for Change pay deal).

All these improvements have been made as a result of your feedback and that is why it is vital that we hear from as many staff as possible.

The survey will be sent to you via your NHS email account and I encourage everyone to complete it ands remind you that is confidential. There are promotion and drop in dates scheduled from our Organisational Development team advertised in this newsletter and future editions.

Freedom To Speak Up support

THE Trust is to work with the National Guardian’s Office (NGO) to carry out a review of our Freedom to Speak Up programme in October and we want as many staff as possible to take part.

The NGO oversees the Freedom To Speak Up programme nationally and holds reviews to highlight areas of good practice while at the same time giving organisations guidance about any improvements they would like to see take place.

I really welcome this review and am looking forward to working with the NGO to see where we can further develop our important work around Freedom To Speak Up.

We are sure the review will highlight a number of areas of good practice but also pinpoint areas where we can make some real improvements which will benefit everyone. October is also Freedom to Speak Up month so please look out for the communications around this campaign.

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