Patients and visitors were treated to a Flashmob spectacular at Blackpool Victoria Hospital as staff used the performance to raise awareness of Learning at Work Week.
The dancers took visitors by surprise when music flooded the main entrance to the hospital and about 25 members of staff joined the choreographed routine.
The event was planned by the hospital’s Unison Learning Reps in conjunction with the Trust’s Learning and Development department to launch a week of events around Learning at Work which has ‘connect’ as its theme.
The organisers managed to sign up qualified dance teacher, Caroline Callaghan, to interpret the dance and teach staff the moves to ‘Connected’ by Stereo MCs.
Lead learning Rep, Jane Eyre, said: “The idea for the flashmob was for all staff from all areas and disciplines to connect together and do something as a team. We started to plan the flashmob in February and were delighted at the number of staff members who joined in the fun.
“This was a great way to publicise the week which will help staff become more involved in training they may not normally have access to.
“We have put on a number of courses as diverse as flower arranging and business plan writing. The aim is to offer learning opportunities to staff that they may not otherwise be able to access and engage employees in their own development.”
Taking part in the flashmob was Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, Nicky Ingham.
She said: “It was great fun and an innovative way to ensure attention. I congratulate everyone who took part as it was not an easy routine to master, but looked very effective on the day.
“Events like Leaning at Work Week are important to us as they help increase knowledge and understanding of the opportunities available for learning and development which, in turn, assists both the organisation and the individual.
“We are using our own staff as trainers to draw on our employees’ own knowledge and passions and share these skills in an engaging way to ensure collaboration across the workplace,” Mrs Ingham added.
Among the many courses running across the week are interview techniques, confidence building, numeracy skills, mindfulness, IT skills – and flower arranging.
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