Team Brief is the monthly communication to all staff from the Chief Executive which is cascaded throughout the organisation to give local managers the opportunity to add to the core corporate messages and localise them. A feedback facility ensures that Team Brief addresses the issues raised by staff.
A full archive of Team Brief is available on StaffNet (you must be on the NHS network to access).
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Team Brief - August 2019
Honouring our half century heroes
In the nine months since they were introduced, thousands of our long service badges have been issued to staff.
Originally designed to mark 20, 30, and 40 years service, the scheme has now been extended to recognise some remarkable staff who have given 50 years’ service.
Next month, the Chairman and I will be presenting the first cohort of staff with their specially commissioned 50 years’ service badges at a special celebration in their honour. To give this length of service is incredible and their dedication and commitment to the NHS is greatly appreciated. My thanks and congratulations go to them and, indeed, to all staff who have achieved a major milestone in their NHS career.
If you know of someone who is approaching a major milestone in their NHS career then please let us know through getting in touch with the Corporate Communications Team, email: email@example.com
Strengthening partnership working
I was pleased to join the Employee Director and members of the Area Partnership Forum at a development session in June to review the effectiveness of the forum and partnership working within NHSGGC.
Effective partnership working involves honesty, trust, responsibility and teamwork, values that are at the core of the NHS.
The clear links between staff wellbeing and patient care mean that partnership working has a vital role to play in the delivery of safe, effective and person centred care.
It was, therefore, encouraging to hear on the day that both management and staff representatives believe that the Area Partnership Forum is a positive and effective forum and there is a strong commitment to partnership working from all involved.
Going forward, commitment has been given by both management and staff representatives to work in partnership, to continue to learn from areas where partnership works well, and to ensure engagement happens at all levels.
New Charter for NHSScotland
The Charter of Patient Rights and Responsibilities has been revised and was laid before parliament on 27 June 2019. This version replaces the previous Charter which was published in 2012. The revised Charter is now available on the Scottish Government website.
The charter summarises what people are entitled to when they use NHS services and receive NHS care in Scotland, and what they can do if they feel that their rights have not been respected. Importantly, the charter also explains what is expected of people when using the NHS in Scotland.
I have asked the Interim Communications Director and the Nurse Director to work to ensure that the charter is promoted to patients and carers and I would urge all staff to read and familiarise themselves with the charter too.
At its heart, the charter sets out the principles of mutual respect, dignity and consideration and these are core values that we should all embrace.
Jane Grant, Chief Executive