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How would you help create a work environment where staff feel:

  • Empowered and in control of their own choices?
  • Able to reach their full potential and achieve a better work-life balance?

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There are so many ways in which personal development within the NHS could be improved, not only to the benefit of the services but to the individual staff member too.  I really believe that one of the faults is the lack of training that management staff are encouraged to undertake. Often clinicians, wonderful clinicians, are given management roles without the necessary skills or training to be able to support their staff as an equally wonderful leader. In the NHS we have a Leadership...

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Our administrators need to experience life within other services in the NHS whether in a corporate or operational environment.  This is not always possible due to workload and being on the frontline supporting the clinicians.  Senior administrators are reluctant to allow junior staff to attend events due to the work involved in covering the individual even for only 30 minutes.  However this way of working is so counter-productive, staff need to know what is going on and not just read about...

Julie Abberley
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I have mobility problems and have just been diagnosed with severe arthritis , which mean I cannot walk far and I get really fatigued mid afternoon onwards.  My husband drops me off at work at 7am as he starts at 7.15am and I struggle with buses.  I am not allowed to start work at that time despite working in an office and not having a service need to worry about so I end up working from 8am - 4pm, and that first hour is disregarded. I requested changing my hours to help with my severe...

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Training staff to have the knowledge and skills to make improvements is a good first step to changing the culture and empowering staff but staff must then be given support to make changes, this mostly means being given dedicated  time to do it. It shouldn’t just be Senior staff who are given this opportunity. Every single member of staff has the potential to make positive change but they need time and support to do so. There is no point giving someone the tools if they are so overworked that...

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In our department we often make requests that would result in cost savings and better patient care, or make better use of over-stretched staff.  Often these suggestions are rejected due to funding limitations - even when our department manager has highlighted the benefits.  As a result we have wasted a lot of good will, effort, time etc. trying to investigate and make improvements.  If even our manager isn't listened to, just for the sake of saving money, why would we bother next time....

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Arguably, it has never been more important to be a carer. Not because the care and support provided hasn’t always been essential to those who need it, but because we are facing an ever-increasing skills gap as the rate of people entering the sector to work is much lower than the increasing rate of people who need access to complex care. This issue doesn’t just end with attracting more people to the sector. There is considerable churn within the sector and people leaving care jobs to enter...

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For NHS staff to be in control, receive and provide communication, have information about all things related to work, we need ESR to be much easier to use and access for all and to have functionality for employers and employees to use it as a platform for communication and information exchange

Sara Brown
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Here is an idea... What about arranging with the local Job Centres work experience schemes for claimants to 'experience the world of work' in return for their job seekers allowance they give their time of  15 - 35hrs a week to their local hospital. After DBS clearance they can assist with transporting patients, delivering discharge medications, taking Family and Friends Surveys, assist with making beds. The claimants can assist the cleaners in keeping the ward hygienically clean.  The...

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We need proper funding to give people who work in care more control over their career. Age UK has warned that an underpaid, overstretched workforce would inevitably result in vulnerable elderly people receiving poor care. The lack of funding, which has led to some social care workers being paid just £5 an hour, is estimated to result in an expected deficit of 600,000 care workers by 2025, which is a recipe for disaster. I believe that through the introduction of adult social care...

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Registering the Right Support was published in June 2017 by CQC. Within the Scope and Purpose of the document, it is referred to as a ‘policy statement’. Having spoken to several colleagues, there appears to be a consensus that as the regulator, CQC is intended to act in that capacity, but not as a ‘policy maker’. Through the document the content refers to both ‘guidance’ and ‘policy’, therefore it was unclear at the point of publication how this would be interpreted and therefore...

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