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Award winning BME career programme praised as one to follow

Our award-winning career development programme for BME and female staff has been praised as a model for the rest of the NHS to follow.

The initiative by the Barts Health inclusion team is one of a handful of pioneering NHS projects said to be closing the gap between BME and white staff.

More than 350 employees at Bands 5 to 7 have taken part so far, and over a quarter have been promoted or moved up a pay band as a result.

The Trust is one of five NHS providers piloting new ways of using a quality improvement approach to “shift the dial” on performance against the national Workforce Race Equality Standards.

This was endorsed by the internationally-renowned Institute for Healthcare Improvement, which has now entered into a partnership with the Trust to help us further develop our own WeImprove approach across the board.   

NHS England said in a report on best practice: “The trust has come a long way in its improvement journey; embedding the model for improvement approach to improving WRES performance is one of the many strides the Trust is taking as part of its improvement journey.”

Participants in the programme undertake a series of workshops on personal effectiveness, career planning, and job interviews. The report attributed its success to the way the ingredients were continually tested and refined to maximise results. For example, inviting an external guest speaker made a significant difference to experience of participants, so is now a regular feature.

Maureen Bisognano, honorary president of the IHI, noted that an engaged and inclusive workforce is the foundation of safer and more effective care, and improved patient and staff engagement.

“The work of these leaders means taking on some challenges that have been recognised for some time, but in a new way, using quality improvement to build and test new models and measure results,” she said.  

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  1. Karlene Akindele Friday, 18 January 2019 at 04:14 PM

    The Career Development Programme is a catalyst to success. The sessions are presented in a way to make you Stop, Think and Act. It brings out the best in you, your career, your line of duty as a member of staff providing patient care.
    You walk away from the workshop feeling motivated and looking forward to a brighter future.

  2. Karlene Akindele Friday, 18 January 2019 at 04:14 PM

    The Career Development Programme is a catalyst to success. The sessions are presented in a way to make you Stop, Think and Act. It brings out the best in you, your career, your line of duty as a member of staff providing patient care.
    You walk away from the workshop feeling motivated and looking forward to a brighter future.

  3. Sangeeta Tummala Monday, 21 January 2019 at 10:06 AM

    I sincerely recommend the Career Development Programme. The beauty about this programme is it is not RESTRICTED to a particular BAND .It is open to anyone who wants to give their career a good boost.
    The exercises during sessions are very useful. They inspire you to think about what you want from your career here at Barts Health and also give you the tools to work towards it. This programme has improved my confidence and changed the way I view my day-to-day work. For more information do get in touch with the lovely Karlene Akindele. The team is responsive and very helpful.
    The thing is - Every one has a role to play in the Trust's success and this programme highlights the fact that every person matters!

  4. Dionne Daniel Monday, 21 January 2019 at 11:36 AM

    I enjoyed being part of the development and a participant on this programme. I would recommend this . It is not restricted to any band and the facilitation is now in-house by the fab Karlene .
    This programme won Barts Health the Nursing Times Team of the Year Award in 2016 and has encouraged other organisations to follow suit .

  5. Veronica Lee Tuesday, 22 January 2019 at 12:13 PM

    Being a graduate of the Career Development Programme, I cannot praise it enough. I entered the programme at a time when I had doubts and insecurities about my career. The programme helped me to regain my confidence and surety in my abilities to make a valuable contribution to the healthcare that we provide here at Barts Health. Huge thanks Karlene, Banji and the OD Team. If you are thinking about signing up for the programme, my advice is, do not delay – it’s worth it.