12 July 2019

The East London Foundation Trust hosted  a live NHS tweetchat on the 8th  July.

Trust CEO Dr Navina Evans co-hosted the event and responded  to people's questions live online.

The evening’s theme was ‘Our NHS People’ and aimed to discover what staff think is needed to make the NHS the Best Place To Work.

Navina was hosting the event in her capacity as the Chair of the NHS Best Place To Work (BPTW) group. Her co-host for the evening was Prerana Issar, Chief People Officer at NHS Improvement. Prerana has a wealth of experience in both public and private sectors and has overseen key policy reform at the United Nations and Unilever.

The session is part of a series of tweetchats  organised by NHS Horizons, tasked  to develop the very latest  thinking and practice in healthcare  to make change happen.

The NHS Interim People Plan launched in June this year seeks to tackle workforce challenges. This means  listening carefully to as many NHS staff as possible, and finding out what they think needs to go in to develop a new workplace offer.

Some of the issues raised by people that took part included widening the range of flexible working options for staff, holding more team meetings in the community and ways to challenge hierarchies.

NHS Horizons are analysing the conversations and will issue a report on what can be learnt from the evening’s discussion to continue to understand what the new offer to staff should be.

Senior Research Nurse Gareth Davies from Tyne and Wear said:  “Thanks for giving us the opportunity to express our views in  an open platform.”

At one point during the event it became the most trending topic on Twitter in the UK.

It made over 16 million twitter ‘impressions’ with a total of 1,240 people taking part.

Reflecting on the event Navina  said: “Thanks so much to everyone that took part - for your ideas and your enthusiasm. It was all so very inspiring.” ​