We are doing a lot to improve the working lives of our staff, including helping employees to stay healthy; flexible working that promotes a sensible balance between home and working life; and a commitment to equal opportunities. Below is a summary of what our staff can expect. This has been recognised in the Health Service Journal and NHS Employers awards 2015 where ELFT was named as the best place to work in mental health and learning disabilities services.
BALANCING LIFE AND WORK
Many Trust staff juggle caring responsibilities, including looking after children, or caring for elderly relatives or other dependents. Some staff want to pursue other interests, for example further study, relief work, overseas voluntary work. Because of this, we have developed policies to help including: generous maternity, paternity, adoption, carer and special leave policies; innovative work-life balance policies such as compressed hours, flexible retirement, part-time working, job sharing, home working, employment breaks, flexi-time, unpaid leave, reduced annual working time and reduced hours.
We have good occupational health services and provide access to confidential counselling and post-trauma support following serious incidents. The Occupational Health Department also offers an immunisation service and health promotion advice for staff by referral. They are also there to support staff coming back to work after a period of illness or injury.
PROFESSIONAL AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT
We strongly believe in supporting all staff to develop and grow. We have a strong professional development and lifelong learning ethos, linked to a commitment to clinical supervision and appraisal processes.
FAMILY FRIENDLY SUPPORT
Balancing work and home life is becoming increasingly important. We have a dedicated Employee Engagement team that is committed to ensuring that staff can achieve a healthy balance between meeting both their home and work needs. Their role is to:
Commission childcare provision that meets the needs of staff and the local community
Co-ordinate the provision of subsidised nursery places
Co-ordinate the provision of subsidised holiday play scheme places
Provide information on pre-school and out-of-school childcare
Provide a keep-in-touch scheme for maternity leavers, providing information, advice and support including a ‘welcome back’ pack
Oversee an approved childcare voucher scheme to assist with the financial aspect of childcare
Act as an advocate in the negotiation of flexible working arrangements to support individuals' childcare needs.
MAINTAINING THE RIGHT SUPPORT
The Employee Engagement team also supports carers who may have someone other than children to care for. They meet regularly with parents, carers, managers and staff side representatives to ensure that childcare and other support services are effective.
BALANCING LIFE AND WORK
The Trust is doing a lot to improve the working lives of staff that includes helping employees to stay healthy, flexible working that promotes a sensible balance between home and working life and a commitment to equal opportunities.
STAFF RECOGNITION INITIATIVES
We have an active staff recognition process in place which includes an Employee of the Month Award and a Team of Month Award. There is also an annual awards event to reward exceptional achievement. Individuals and teams are nominated by colleagues, service users and carers and the event takes place towards the end of each year.
The last Staff Awards Ceremony in November 2014 was attended by a record 750 people. Showcasing excellent delivery of care to inspire others, over 20 staff scooped wins in the following categories:
Manager of the Year
Employee of the Year
Team of the Year
Extra Mile Award
Quality and Innovation
Chief Executive Award