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Staff Engagement & Recognition

What is staff engagement?

Staff Engagement is a key focus for NCH&C. Ensuring positive staff experience and providing support for our staff is part of our annual priorities and strategic objectives.

There’s an overwhelming amount of evidence that shows that engaged staff deliver better care. NHS trusts with high levels of staff engagement tend to have lower levels of patient mortality, reduced staff turnover, lower sickness absence, and higher patient satisfaction.

We have several avenues to help staff have a positive experience at work, including: a health and wellbeing committee, Freedom to Speak Up Guardians and Champions, Staffside representatives, and staff diversity and inclusion networks.

We also have a dedicated Staff Engagement Steering Group. Comprised of representatives from across the organisation, the Steering Group discusses staff morale and make changes that improve employees’ experiences at work.

Want to find out more? Check out the NCH&C Staff Engagement Twitter account to see what we’ve been up to.

Recognition at NCH&C

Highlights from NCH&C's staff recognition event, the REACH Awards 2022

We’re always on the lookout for further meaningful and appropriate ways to recognise our staff. Here are some of the ways we’ve recognised staff and the work they do over the last couple of years:

  • All substantive members of staff were awarded an additional day’s annual leave to celebrate NCH&C’s tenth anniversary in 2020

  • Refreshment and wellbeing boxes continue to be delivered to our sites across the county

  • Thank you cards were sent to all staff from the NCH&C Executive Team during the pandemic in recognition of the challenging times everyone had continued to work through

  • Staff were given a £20 shopping voucher

  • Staff who worked as part of the COVID-19 vaccination programme received a special badge recognising their role in this important part of the pandemic response

  • In 2022 we awarded 243 Platinum Badges to staff nominated by their colleagues