Multidisciplinary team meeting to discuss stroke patients on Cedar Ward
We know that a positive culture, with staff feeling motivated and valued, can be directly linked to high quality patient care. During 2014/15, we have worked hard to continue the journey of developing the ‘right’ culture within our hospitals.
There has been considerable investment in our leadership and development activities, including new coaching and management development programmes. This is alongside other positive initiatives to open up the organisation and encourage conversation – such as the Chief Executive’s Sounding Board, virtual walls where staff can freely share their views and opinions and greater use of social media, including Facebook and Twitter.
Members of our surgery team prepare instruments for use in theatre
Recruitment and retention
One area the CQC did note as ‘requiring improvement’ during their inspection last December was around staffing numbers and improving our retention rates, especially in nursing and middle grade doctors. This remains a priority over the coming year and we are looking at more creative ways to promote our Trust, attract and retain staff.