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Emma Newton - Deputy Director of Human Resources 

Meet Emma, our Deputy Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development. Emma started her career at the Trust back in 2004 as a HR Project Assistant and has worked through various HR roles over the last 14 years, including a HR Project Coordinator, HR Advisor, Assistant HR Business Partner, Workforce Lead, Head of HR and now Deputy Director of HR & OD.

Emma's current role is really varied and no two days are the same. There are 130 staff in her team and the HR directorate covers a wide range of services including HR, Learning and Development, Organisational Development, Medical Staffing, Nurse Bank, Recruitment, Workforce Information and Library Services along with managing contracts for payroll and occupational health services. Her role involves a mixture of tasks including writing reports, developing workforce strategies and plans, attending meetings, managing employee relation issues, negotiating with trade unions, managing staff and leading projects.

Emma feels the trust is such a friendly place to work and believes everyone supports each other. She is proud to work for the NHS and feels she can make a real difference.She is a firm believer in self-development and views every new project or task as a way to learn and develop. She loves a new challenge and believes this approach has enabled her to progress within the organisation.

The trust has supported Emma with time off to attend college to undertake her Post Graduate Certificate in HR Management and is currently supporting her to undertake an MBA Apprenticeship at Manchester Metropolitan University. She believes the Trust is a great place to work if you want a fulfilling career as there are many varied roles and you can gain some great experiences.

A HR Assistant is a great role to start with if you are new to HR as it gives you a good all round experience of the different areas of HR. Under the new Apprenticeship Levy there are also opportunities to gain a HR qualification whilst working and putting theory in to practice in the workplace.

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