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How can we create an environment where frontline staff feel connected and part of the bigger decisions that are being made within their work environment.

I feel that if frontline staff of all grades were allowed the opportunity to attend Professionals meetings they would then be able to be part of ongoing work streams or improvement projects that are being undertaken. 

Staff who are interested in improvement work could be identified through the appraisal process, they should then be supported in attending Board Meetings, Professionals Meetings, Conferences or Workshops locally or nationally allowing them the opportunity to have their voice heard and be part of the decision making process.

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Kate Pound Jan 11, 2018

This is a great question Tony i would love to see others add to this discussion.


Laura Anisha Habib - Innovation Champion Jan 11, 2018

Absolutely agree Tony.
We have a variety of people attend professional meetings, not only as an observer but to contribute too. Our CEO is keen on staff inclusivity and promotes this regularly. We have some great opportunities to attend meetings we may have not done so in the past and also take a lead in other areas too. Doing this keeps us connected and provides us with a better insight into the different roles that we do.

We also have a shadowing programme where we can shadow people from all around the trust which is fab. For example, I shadowed one of the directors and I gained so much from the experience and a lady from NHS digital showdowed me on the ward and she said it provided her with insight into what frontline staff do.

There are opportunities I believe and of course there are barriers, barriers in my experience being unable to leave the ward due to the ward demands, but by working with others such as the occupational therapy team and other wards we are able to have the ward covered to release a member for staff, albeit not always but we can but try.

Or if you're a massive geek like me I'll come in on my day off as I'm passionate about learning and working with others to improve the service. By being exposed to professional meetings as you've mentioned, will widen the opportunity for inclusion, voices to be heard in the decision making process and people being valued : )


Tony Longbone Jan 12, 2018

Thank you Laura,

It's good that you have a CEO who is promoting inclusivity as that's half the battle when it comes to opening up professional meetings.

I was very lucky in my previous Trust to create a situation where I was able to attend such meetings, this opportunity has given me a wider understanding of the decision making process at scale and it's something I think all staff could gain from.

And yes, I to am one of those geeks who uses days off and annual leave to support me in attending meetings/events but it shouldn't have to be that way.


Wendy Nicholson 11 months ago

Great ideas and also involve them in policy development at all levels - we do this and have great commitment from those involved, it's also a real professional development opportunity


Lucy Wood 11 months ago

Yes brilliant.
This is a big culture change for many, but a really important one.
Current pressures do not encourage managers to release staff for this, especially in Primary Care where our commissioners and policy meetings are held miles away (digital technology may have the answer here).
Maybe some contractual changes or changes to training to encourage nurses to look outside of their job role and understand more about policy.....and mangers to support this.


Lynnette Leman 9 months ago

Status label added: Decision makers


Lynnette Leman 8 months ago

Status label added: 9. Uniting across boundaries