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Barts Health team take home two prestigious awards

The Organisational Development team at Barts Health have been announced as the deserving winners of the Best Diversity and Inclusion Practice category at the Nursing Times Workforce Summit & Awards, and the Best Coaching and Mentoring Initiative at the CIPD People Management Awards. 

The Super T team development programme at Barts Health was awarded as the best Coaching and Mentoring Initiative at the CIPD Management Awards, held on Tuesday 24 September. The CIPD People Management Awards celebrate and reward the outstanding achievements and contributions made by HR and learning and development professionals.

Super T began in 2017 as an executive team coaching programme for senior leadership team development. It started with eight of the most senior teams, including the Chief Executive Officer and the Managing Directors of individual hospitals as well as two clinical boards, and is now available to senior teams across the Trust. The key objective is to sustainably improve the effectiveness of senior teams, as a key part of the Trust’s improvement journey, and to make progress on key strategic objectives around culture, leadership, performance and quality.

The initiative surpassed expectations and both Super T and equalities work were noted as good practice within the Well-Led assessments made by the CQC.

The second win for the team was at the Nursing Times Workforce Summit & Awards on Wednesday 25 September, where they were awarded for the Best Diversity and Inclusion Practice category.  The awards ceremony  covered 14 categories recognising organisations going above and beyond to recruit and retain their nursing workforce.

Barts Health was recognised for a number of initiatives in this category, including a career development programme for BME and female staff, a ‘Pause and Review’ checklist for consideration before entering the disciplinary process, increasing the channels for staff to raise concerns,  and a disability network passport to facilitate a conversation between a staff member with a disability and their line manager about reasonable adjustments required.

Shona Brown, Director or Organisational Development, said: “We are committed to becoming an inclusive organisation for our staff and patients. Leadership team development and our diversity and inclusion practice are essential elements to realise this commitment. It is so good to see external recognition of the work of so many of  our colleagues across Barts Health for both these aspects.”

As a healthcare provider and a major local employer, with our vision to be a high performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond, we recognise our role in the wider community to promote equality and eliminate discrimination.