East Cheshire NHS Trust is committed to providing high quality integrated care to its patients and services users. The trust believes that a highly skilled, motivated and engaged workforce is essential to ensuring that this can be achieved.
In 2015, the HR department launched a 5 year workforce strategy which aims to ensure future patient needs can be met. The strategy focuses on three key work-streams – Resourcing, Engagement and Development. The HR team responsible for delivering and implementing this strategy across the organisation are the HR Workforce team. The team also provides a comprehensive HR and OD service to each of the trust's Directorates, supporting them to deliver their corporate objectives and transformation agenda.
Recent achievements by the HR Workforce Team are: obtaining the Disability Confident Leader status, implementation of process improvement such as the ER tracker resulting in reductions in time to hire and ER case length, improved staff survey response rate and staff engagement score and the achievement of workforce targets including appraisals, sickness absence and statutory and mandatory training, to name a few.
In addition to the HR Workforce Team, Human Resources encompasses a wide range of teams and specialties, all in place to support the workforce. Other teams that form part of the Human Resources Directorate are:
Recruitment Team - this team is responsible for all tasks in relation to the recruitment process for Managers and candidates. The team offer Managers support in terms of advertising vacancies in addition to the management and administration of applications including short-listing, interview and offer processes. The team are also responsible for seeing through the pre-employment check process for candidates, including applying for references, issuing offer letters and contracts, amongst other administrative duties. Recent team achievements are: assisting in the reduction of vacancies through a number of successful recruitment and career events and the introduction of the new TRAC recruitment system, resulting in a reduction in time to hire.
Medical Staffing Team - this team is responsible for supporting the production and co-ordination of the staffing rotas in addition to ensuring the appropriate use of temporary locum Medical staff, ensuring cost effectiveness. The team also support the management of annual leave, sickness and study leave for all junior doctors and Consultants. One of the recent achievements is reduction in agency spend through processes improvements and a planned approach to temporary staffing of the winter ward.
Nurse Bank Team - the team provide a 7 day service which enables wards and departments to arrange temporary (bank) cover across the trust on a daily basis. The team are responsible for:Recruiting and managing nursing and administrative bank posts, Booking staff into bank shift, Management and support for bank staff and processing timesheets. One of the recent achievements is reduction in agency spend through processes improvements and a planned approach to temporary staffing of the winter ward.
Learning and Development Team - these teams incorporate the Professional Practice Team, the Library Team, Medical Education, Practice Education and Workforce Development. More information on some of these teams can be found under the Learning and Development pages by clicking here. Some recent achievements by these teams are: increasing apprenticeships and work experience placement capacity, the recent clinical skills lab accreditation, achievement of the library LQAF 100% score and the training and placement of the first cohort of Nurse Associates and recruitment to second cohort.
ESR and Workforce Information Teams - these teams are responsible for updating and maintaining the The Electronic Staff Record (ESR) system, which is used to provide workforce information data and management information.There is a requirement to ensure statutory returns and data quality targets are met, working with the relevant National bodies, and to provide data in response to Freedom of Information requests (FOI) on behalf of the organisation. Bespoke and regular reports using this data are also produced by these teams. The teams were recently successful in being placed 1st in the country for ESR WOVEN score.
Staff development within HR
The HR department are passionate about developing its staff. The department currently has 4 individuals in HR who are studying for their CIPD Level 5 in Human Resource Management, in association with Macclesfield College. The course is funded by the trust and all individuals are well supported . Various people have progressed throughout the department, with one individual being Emma Newton, Deputy Director of HR and OD. To read her story, click here.
Many members of our teams are accredited with CIPD, the professional body for HR and People Development. Click on the icon below to find out more.