Staff at St Peter's Hospital

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals has been shortlisted in the ‘staff engagement’ category of the 2017 HSJ Awards. The awards are one of the largest celebrations of healthcare excellence in the world, recognizing and promoting the finest achievements in the NHS.

Director of Workforce Transformation, Louise McKenzie, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award, in recognition of our ‘Be the Change’ and ‘#Rightculture’ programmes. We began these back in 2014 whilst reflecting on lessons learnt from the Francis report; we wanted to transform our culture and improve the feel of the Trust for colleagues.”

“’Be the Change’ was introduced by a group of junior doctors, as a way of enabling any member of staff to put forward suggestions for change and improvement. We created something that broke through traditional hierarchies and empowered people to put their ideas forward. Since then, it’s become an integral part of our approach to quality improvement and we’ve worked hard to equip staff with the knowledge, skills and capability they need to make positive changes.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 22nd November at the Intercontinental O2 in London.