04 June 2019

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP, chose the Trust’s Tower Hamlets Centre for Mental Health at Mile End Hospital as the site to  launch the interim People Plan for the NHS on Monday 3 June.

Baroness Dido Harding, who has been leading on the NHS Workforce Plan also headed up the launch alongside ELFT Chief Executive Officer Dr. Navina Evans and Trust Chair Marie Gabriel. Over forty staff from ELFT and Barts Health Trust took part and gave feedback on three questions considered key to the transformation plans in a roundtable forum setting.  The Secretary of State joined one of the groups, listening to feedback and responding to their points.

The interim People Plan sets out a vision for how staff will be supported to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan. It identifies immediate actions to be taken in order to make improvements to increase staff recruitment and retention.

It identifies the leadership role model behaviours judged to work best in healthcare: key, it says, is collaborative working, inclusivity and compassion.

Caroline Ogunsola, Professional Development Lead Nurse for Community Services in Tower Hamlets took part in the group discussion. She said that “I was very pleased that Mr Hancock was genuinely interested in hearing what staff had to say. It was a very useful discussion.”

After the launch the Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "I am delighted that we launched the NHS People Plan at East London Foundation Trust. ELFT has played an important role in improving the working culture in our NHS. The People Plan we’ve launched will drive that progress - to achieve our ambition of making the NHS one of the best employers in the world.”