The ELFT People & Culture team and Chief People Officer Tanya Carter are the winners of a prestigious national award each, it has just been announced.
Both awards were presented by the Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) at their annual award ceremony that took place in Birmingham on 1 December.
The HPMA is the recognised professional voice of human resource management in health and care and the event is an important part of the calendar for NHS and health organisations’ human resource teams nationally.
The Trust’s People & Culture team were crowned HR Team of the Year and Chief People Officer Tanya Carter was named HR Director of the Year.
The judges recognised the P&C team as deserving of the accolade because of their determination to drive through meaningful and lasting change for the ELFT workforce.
In particular, in light of the health and racial inequalities illuminated by the pandemic, the team demonstrated a ‘can do’ problem solving culture.
Alongside NHS organisations everywhere, the last couple of years have impacted on staff morale and wellbeing but the team worked hard to develop a range of staff wellbeing programmes
The team worked to support parents of school aged children who struggled during the first lockdown. Over 1500 children attended the bespoke programme of support they created.
It included after school clubs and half term activities, enhancing the quality of families’ lives.
The team also set up online parenting classes using Non-Violent Resistance methodology (NVR) to support positive family relationships at this most challenging of times.
Tanya won HR Director of the Year award in part for her determination to ensure that enduring change is delivered in terms of diversity and equality across ELFT.
The judges were impressed by Tanya’s adept use of media to amplify the ‘My Name Really Is’ campaign, as well as her work to develop emerging leaders and oversees staff development programmes, particularly for young women and BAME colleagues.
On receiving the awards, Tanya Carter said:
“Thank you to the judges and the HPMA. To receive these awards is such an honour.
“I’m proud to lead such a talented team. They are a remarkable group of people and are dedicated to finding ways to make life better for the ELFT workforce."
Trust CEO Paul Calaminus said:
“Congratulations to Tanya and the People & Culture Team on winning these well-deserved awards.
“Both awards absolutely reflect the commitment and values of both Tanya and the team to improve the experience of everyone in the Trust.”
Visit the HPMA website for more information on the HPMA Awards 2022.