We held some engaging Big Conversation events for staff earlier this year, as we move forward with the development of our 2021 strategy.
Getting feedback about what’s important to staff is important to us, so ULHT can become a better place for patients, visitors and staff.
We’ve got more Big Conversation events planned next month, but in the meantime, some of the feedback received from the last round was particularly interesting.
We looked at the health and wellbeing of staff. We recognise that times are hard and everyone’s under pressure, so what can we do to help support staff and what things are we putting in place to help them?
Staff told us that although they enjoyed the recent NHS pedometer challenge, why does the Trust need to invest in the Virgin walking challenge? So this year we’re not, we’re saving that money and investing it elsewhere instead.
We’re hoping to have a number of water bottles available to keep staff hydrated in wards and departments across the Trust, along with increasing mindfulness, mental health first aid courses and health MOT checks for staff.
If support is there for staff to access more readily in the first place, as a preventative measure, fewer people may need more intense support further down the line.
Getting continual staff feedback is a crucial part of how things can improve for us all, and in our next Big Conversation events we’ll be looking more closely at our 2021 strategy, which is almost ready for publication, and what this means for staff and patients directly.
What are our visions for our hospital sites going forward and how will ULHT look come 2021? Come along if you can.