Former council chief executive Neil Schneider has enthusiastically accepted the important position of Wellbeing Guardian in addition to his responsibilities as a Non-Executive Director.
The former chief executive of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and been a Trust Non-Executive Director for a year. His new role will ensure the Trust provides the very best care and support to all our staff and volunteers.
Neil said: “We really value the huge contributions of our people and want to make sure they’re valued and supported. This truly is a priority and I’m honoured to be asked to take on the Wellbeing Guardian role.
“I want to hear from staff about what they think helps them now and if there is anything more they think we could be doing to help.”
About the wellbeing guardian role
Our workforce and culture committees are in the process of being reinvigorated to provide extra support to our representative staff groups.
The groups will each tell the Wellbeing Guardian about their priorities so the Trust can urgently respond and engage in regular open discussions about what we are doing and what we could be doing more of.
The Culture Group is reflective of the workforce and focuses on creating and sustaining a great and enjoyable working environment. An environment where people feel valued and supported so they can continue to give our patients the very best care.
Neil continued: “Supporting the mental health agenda is a vital part of our work.
“The Trust recently signed the ‘Time to Change’ pledge demonstrating our commitment to both physical and mental health. We’re committed to training a cohort of mental health first aiders to support staff.
“It’s an incredibly challenging time in the NHS but also one where people’s work makes a huge difference to others.
“I’m committed to making the role of Wellbeing Guardian have a positive impact. I’m also sure it will be a very rewarding challenge.”