New staff projects around wellbeing and leadership has seen a support team earn recognition at a national awards ceremony.
The Trust was highly commended in two categories of the NHS Communicate Awards. This awards celebrate the achievements of communicators across the health service.
The two categories – health and wellbeing and internal communications and staff engagement – marked the delivery of two projects over the last 12 months.
The Trust recently launched a ‘Health and Wellbeing’ magazine, written by staff for staff to promote physical and mental wellbeing.
The free publication was borne out of the COVID-19 pandemic and the pressing need to help staff unwind and recharge. It is now produced every three months for the organisation’s 5,700 staff.
The Trust was also recognised for its ‘100 Leaders’ programme. The project challenges staff to be the drivers of courageous change for the benefit of their wellbeing and patient care.
The project, which encouraged staff of all levels to work together, has already helped deliver 10 successful improvement initiatives.
“We are so proud to have gained national recognition for two outstanding projects which have undoubtedly benefitted staff wellbeing and patient care.Ruth Dalton, associate director of communications and marketing
Ruth continued: “The health and wellbeing magazine was initially led by the communications and marketing team in terms of creation, content, design and distribution. It came at a time when staff needed that help and support more than ever before.
“Since then, as hoped, ‘Health and Wellbeing’ has begun to take on a life of its own. Now staff from all disciplines and hubs contributing their own articles to share with their colleagues around the Trust.
“As with the magazine, ‘100 Leaders’ has been another fine example of our staff coming together to benefit the organisation.
“Run by our faculty of leadership and improvement, staff across all areas have grouped together in project groups to think innovatively and creatively about how they can improve their own work experience as well as that of our patients.
“The project has already delivered successful initiatives which we know are making a real difference.
“I want to once again congratulate all staff who have been a part of these two projects and the recognition they have rightly received for them.”