21 October 2021
The Trust’s People & Culture team, alongside staff from People Participation and other corporate teams have been recognised in two award ceremonies this year, for the work done to support the children of our staff with online learning during the pandemic in 2020.
 
The cross-team collaboration made them winners of the Forward Healthcare Award in August for the category ‘Workforce and Staff Engagement.’  And earlier this month, on 7 October they were finalists for The Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) Awards 2021.
 
The Trust’s entry that saw them through as finalists for the HMPA Awards was for the Capsticks Innovation category.  The ELFT team's work was praised by the judges for being ‘an impressive example of implementing new and innovative service during the pandemic.’
 
And in describing why the Trust entry won in August, the Forward Healthcare Award judges said that:
 
“People and Culture, the Temporary Staffing Booking and People Participation teams, through to Internal Communications and Marketing, the Functional Skills Coordinator and more – co-developed the programme, which was hosted online.
 
“A recurrent theme voiced by ELFT staff during the pandemic was their struggle with working from home while home schooling.
 
“The programme, which went from inception to booking in just two weeks and was available to all staff, had parents from professional groups in all areas of the trust, and their children, taking part. Total participation across all activities over a seven-week period clocked up at more than 1,500 children."
 
Commenting on winning the summer's Forward Award and making it through as finalists for the HPMA Award this month, Interim Equalities Lead Anita Hynes, who played a key role in the programme said:
 
"I'm delighted that we made it through as finalists for the HPMA Awards, and that we won the Forward Award for the work carried out to deliver online learning sessions for the children of staff during the lockdown in 2020.
 
“This was during a time that normal education provision was under enormous pressure, and we wanted to ensure that staff across the Trust could at least feel secure in the knowledge that while they were working hard to care for our service users, their family wellbeing was being addressed by the Trust.
 
"I'm proud to work for a Trust that tries to look after its staff."
 
The Trust’s Chief People Officer Tanya Carter said:
 
“Colleagues from a diverse range of teams came together to make this programme of education and learning a success in 2020.  To respond to the one the challenges affecting our staff. It was so rewarding seeing the feedback from staff and their children. 
 
"It was also really satisfying that staff saw the benefit and requested additional sessions for after school club and lessons and during half term.  Seeing the 1400+ children that attended made the project worth while and I am really proud of what we achieved."
 
Read why ELFT won the Forward Healthcare Award for Workforce & Staff Engagement here>>
 
Read the HPMA judges' comments here>>