Pioneering training programme shortlisted for prestigious award

Pioneering training programme shortlisted for prestigious award
03 April 2017

A PIONEERING programme aimed at equipping Burton Hospitals’ staff with the skills needed to help run a thriving Trust has been short-listed for a national award.

The bespoke programme was created by Learning and Development in response to some specific leadership training needs identified by Estates and Facilities.

It was launched in 2012 and was designed for supervisory and junior managers who were technically competent but required development in terms of leadership skills.

The course provides underpinning knowledge for level two and three qualifications accredited with the Institute of Leadership and Management, enabling participants to gain a nationally recognised qualification. People can also choose to opt out of pursuing a formal qualification if they want to.

The leadership programme has been shortlisted in the ‘People Development Award’ category of the Health Estates and Facilities Management Association’s 2017 Awards. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Harrogate on May 11.

An initial pilot included eight supervisors in what was then the Facilities department. It proved so successful that in 2013 a further 12 delegates from both the Estates and Facilities teams took part along with two medical secretaries.

In total there have now been five courses with 58 employees participating. Thirty-two of those have chosen to undertake the external qualification and 11 of the Estates and Facilities staff have been promoted since completing the course.

Learning and Development Manager Vanessa Rolinson said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award. The training course has been really successful in helping some extremely talented and ambitious members of staff to achieve their goals, enabling them to reach their full potential and make an extremely valuable contribution to the Trust. At Burton Hospitals we are committed to helping our team to grow and develop professionally and this is just another example of how we have put that commitment into practice.”

Associate Director of Estates and Facilities Geoff Neild added: “My department has really felt the on-going benefit of this programme with many of the initial participants helping to shape the way the course is delivered so that future cohorts can gain as much out of it as possible.

“At Burton Hospitals we understand how important our staff, from across all departments, are and the impact they have on the experience that patients, their friends and relatives have when they visit us. We are striving to be the best and for this innovative training to be recognised on a national stage is a reflection of that ethos.”

The Estates and Facilities department covers a wide-range of teams including catering, maintenance, portering, car parking and cleaning.

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