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How do we ensure the NHS is a great place to work?

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The NHS is based on principles and enduring values brought to life by the people who care for patients, the public and their communities.

The people who work for the NHS do so because they are passionate about helping people and this makes it an incredibly worthwhile career. It is our duty to care for, protect, value and support our people in the best way we can.

For the NHS Long Term Plan to succeed, the NHS will need to retain our staff and attract more people, working in rewarding jobs and a supportive culture.

To do this we will strengthen and support compassionate, diverse leadership at all levels, managerial and clinical, to meet the complex challenges ahead including a focus on ensuring our NHS is a great place to work.

We would like your views and ideas on the areas to prioritise to deliver on this ambition:

 

1. What should the NHS do to improve equality, inclusion and opportunities for people from all backgrounds to work in the NHS?

2. What does being a great place to work mean to you?

3. What steps should be taken to improve the health and wellbeing of the NHS workforce?

4. What would make your working day better?

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Enough staff

The NHS needs to have enough funding to allow sufficient staff to be appointed so that no members of staff are overworked

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Trained managers

Ensure all managers are properly trained for their role, and exhibit values and attitudes that allow people to flourish

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Elephant in the room! Innovation at Cambridgeshire Community Trust

The NHS should encourage diversity of thinking and ideas. Local organisations should allow other voices and contributions instead of sticking to the same old groups and sets of decision makers. At senior management level , the NHS becomes a very small world and its always the same faces project managing this or that. Removing this clique culture takes strong leadership and allowing ideas from across the spectrum. Cambridgeshire Community Services which  I work for have a Cultural Ambassador...

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Excellent managers & IT infrastructure and back office staff being treated with dignity & respect

 Managers doing their jobs properly (in relation to management of staff) and with more emotional intelligence. Greater investment in IT infrastructure – e.g. IT infrastructure needs to work effectively and undertaking e-learning needs to be made easier Being treated with dignity and respect at all times by internal and external customers.

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Friendliness, flexibility, fairness & good on-site facilities for staff

Good culture, friendly and flexibility.  Ad hoc homeworking dependent on role.  Employment policies followed consistently and fairly. Good team atmosphere at work and socialising outside of work. Acess to on-site cafeteria/subsidised on-site cafeteria.  Free or subsidised parking.

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Access to CPD & Communication Strategies

Clear, accessible and timely process for getting funding for CPD. Sharing of good practice for communication strategies for organisations spread over large geographical areas – this will help engagement.

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Healthy food in shops and cafes at NHS workplaces that doesn't cost the earth

Most NHS organisations have WH Smith shops or some such chain in which healthy food is sold at a huge margin. Why not make healthy food available more cheaply? Fruits and non-sugary drinks.

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Modernise the archaic culture in some NHS organisations

Foster a modern culture. Engage rather than dictate/mandate. Incorporate feedback. The NHS is a collection of organisations, some of which are so hierarchical and have leadership that uses 1950s style management. Change it!

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Childcare and Government Funding

Further to another post r.e. childcare, I am currently in the situation where my child will soon be eligible for the 30 hours free govenment funding, but the NHS nursery where he goes only accepts funding for 3 hours a day. You would think public bodies would take the lead in implementing Government initiatives designed to help working parents. Many thanks for your time.

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Diversity and Inclusion and Workplace Mental Health

Can Changing the Nature of the Workplace Help the NHS Tackle Some of Its Workforce Issues ? The announcement by the Secretary of State of a raft of measures designed to improve the mental health of NHS staff is an important and welcome first step in the NHS making good on the NHS Ten Year Plan's desire to see employers taking "a key role to play in supporting their staff to stay well and in work.” Given the higher than average sickness rates in the NHS compared to other public sector...

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