On behalf of both Trusts’ Board of Directors, I am pleased to be able to share our first People Plan across our hospitals group, outlining our people pledges for the next three years (2021-2024) and the improvement actions that will help us to achieve our strategic ambition of being an inclusive place to work where people are empowered to make a difference. I wish to thank all those who have contributed to the formation of this plan, the 5,000 plus people who completed our annual staff survey, the hundreds of people who contributed in design workshops during the past eight months, leading to us forming the plan pledges and priorities that will start to form our culture across our hospitals.
I feel its fair to say that this past year has been extraordinary and has reemphasised the point that without the fantastic skill and dedication of our people, which across the group is now 10,000 colleagues strong, we would not be able to provide the care we do, for our patients, who often need us at very challenging tines in their lives, and for that I thank you. What we have been through and the way which we have responded has been amazing!
I believe, and our 2020 national NHS staff survey demonstrates, that we have taken some really positive steps in supporting colleagues in a relatively short time. However, it is acknowledged there is more work to do to achieve our goal of being in the top 20% of NHS employers, based on our NHS survey results. We need to continue to embed some of our new approaches, in areas such as inclusion, technology and health and wellbeing.
Examples of further work include the implementation of our Dedicated to Excellence values, ‘how we do things’ across our hospitals group will be vital in ensuring a positive working relationship with one another. We will also embrace new ways of working in an agile way, using technology, to enhance our work experience. Continuous conversations and communication will be vital to the success of the delivery of the plan, reflecting, learning and improving together, embracing change and empowering people to make a difference every day.
We are committed to continuing to improve staff engagement and to making sure that all colleagues feel valued, recognised and appreciated for their contributions and hard work. Providing people with a great place to work will, in turn, enable us to meet our overall goal of providing outstanding care and treatment for our patients and their families.
Enjoy reading our plan, take care.
Mark Smith Chief People Officer
Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals