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Challenge: Getting the basics right

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We know that across the health and care system, employers do not always get the basics right. Employers need to:

  • provide for basic physical needs of their staff, such as access to healthy food at work – especially out of hours
  • provide access to support to help staff deal with the emotional strain of caring jobs
  • promote a positive work–life balance and predictable working patterns
  • pay staff fairly and provide benefits that recognise the important jobs they do
  • support staff in keeping fit and healthy, and when recovering from illness or injury
  • provide access to equipment and technology that helps staff do their job and managers run the organisations well

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The Trust I work for is all about saving money, however, the way they are going about it is awful.  Since we got our new Chief Exec, money has been found to employ more and more of the most senior staff, with new office, secretaries and equipment etc.  The amount of our Very senior managers has almost doubled now, and there is always another role being advertised.  However, down at the bottom end of the pay scales. I know a band 4 who has been threatened with demotion, due to not wanting to...

Morganth
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Morganth

A single software should be developed to be used nationally by NHS providers across all health disciplines. This will allow efficient transfer of information and notes across all providers. This can help to prevent safeguarding issues also. This is an extreme challenge, made even more complicated with GDPR regulations, but working with software developers and representatives from each health discipline (pharmacist, GP, dentists, physiotherapist etc) will help to ensure all are able to...

Rahul Kalia
by Rahul Kalia
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This is a small difference, but an easy one to fix. NHSMail requires we use regularly changing, easily forgettable passwords. This is a time-wasting, irritating faff for users and it isn't even in line with the Government's own security advice, or guidelines from Microsoft who provide the software. https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/collection/passwords?curPage=/collection/passwords/updating-your-approach...

Edward Nickell
by Edward Nickell
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Edward Nickell

Allow staff to use hospital pharmacy for personal prescriptions to free up time outside of work. This would mean that collecting a prescription will be simple, especially if you are on shifts. With prescriptions going electronic, even making sure repeats could be done would be great.

Bradley
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Over the last few years there has been a steady shift towards offices that are hot-desk only with a clear desk policy. I think this has a tangible, negative effect on team working and individual mental health. These are the advantages of permanent desks - 1. Individuals develop friendships with the people geographically close to them, this makes coming into work more fun. It also increases efficiency as things get progressed quicker by person and without the communication challenges of...

Kirsty Marsh-Hyde
by Kirsty Marsh-Hyde
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Kirsty Marsh-Hyde

At RCPsych we've done a lot of work to attract medical students to our specialty, but we know loads of junior doctors are taking time out of their career. Its thought to be as high as 50%, some come back, but we don't always know when and where. It would be good to have a better understanding of this and design a better programme to keep in touch. The same also happens later on training, so surely we should learn from this.

Bex Couper
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Bex Couper

This covers it:  https://www.ted.com/talks/christine_porath_why_being_nice_to_your_coworkers_is_good_for_business

Genevieve Hibbs
by Genevieve Hibbs
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Genevieve Hibbs

In 1999 I was overpayed £2000 due to 'Finance' not being informed of my change in employment for two months! I left the NHS in 2000, and returned in 2014. 2018- again overpayed due to 'Finance' not being informed of my leaving and I received a letter three months later  that I had been overpayed.  I would like to know why there has not been a system/software/staff created in the last 20 years since I was overpayed to prevent this predictable financially wasteful regular occurrence  in...

PATRICIA CLARKE
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PATRICIA CLARKE

Employers could make the biggest difference to the health staff working life by implementing mandatory " Bank" flexible working nationwide, instead of the current financially wasteful recruitment and retention system that all NHS and Social Care have to undergo. Labelling health and social care employeess with Band 2-9 is divisive and dehumanising -  a well- intentioned idea in  theory, but an appalling way to treat healthcare employees in practice. "Off with its head!" Instead allow a...

PATRICIA CLARKE
by PATRICIA CLARKE
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PATRICIA CLARKE

"The Five ADLs - "How to keep (yourself) out of nursing Home.' David Fisher MD Healthy people usually take for granted their ability to get out of bed in the morning, use the bathroom, perform some level of hygiene, dress themselves and feed themselves. Once a person starts to lose the ability to perform any one of them, his or her likelihood of moving to a nursing home will skyrocket, therefore it is crucial that these  five skills  are maintained. The government should therefore...

PATRICIA CLARKE
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PATRICIA CLARKE
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