In an organisation our size, it’s hard to keep up to date with everything that’s going on.
We are rightly focused on the patient or task in front of us.
The same applies to Dorothy McErlean as she began her new job on 1 October as our employee director and joint chair of the Area Partnership Forum (APF).
That’s why she is “rolling up her sleeves” to drive forward an important agenda – in partnership with our senior management team – to further enhance the quality of our working environment and ensure the values of dignity, respect, sustainability and quality between colleagues and to our patients.
Partnership working is central to the effective working of our organisation, but it’s not always visible to what extent it really is the engine room of change and co-operation, not only between the executive management team and the workforce representatives, but in all areas and levels of management within the Board.
Promoting early engagement with staff side representatives and staff when there are proposed changes to an area or service is the most effective way of delivering the best care to our patients, while providing better working conditions for our staff.
Together with management, the staff side reps are working on a module for managers – Partnership Working, which will be launched by the end of the year.
So what are the priorities for Dorothy, the APF and the Staff Governance Committee for the rest of 2016 and into 2017?
To review and publish an equal pay statement on men and women employed within NHSGGC in the next six months is one key objective.
Driving forward the FTFT agenda on cultural behaviours, treating everyone with dignity and respect, raising awareness of different parts of the dignity at work policy, which is to help promote a positive workplace, how to deal with disrespectful behaviour and hopefully prevent going into a formal process.
Helping support staff to identify, report and challenge hate crime is another top priority. To support this work, an e-learning module is being tested on the LearnPro system.
Another important role has been to ensure that the findings of the Staff Survey in 2015 are used effectively to address issues and build on success.
The APF will be one of the engine rooms powering the reshaping of NHS services and they way we redesign services going into 2020 and shaping healthcare and health and social care for the next decade.
Dorothy said: “Staff side, management and the Board itself are working hard to ensure individual members of staff and staff groups are able to contribute meaningfully to the debates and discussions on shaping things for the future.
“We have a history of working well together and achieving together.”