Hospital launches academy for top staff

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The top 100 staff at the district’s hospitals are set to embark on a year-long academy designed to improve standards across the trust is launched next month.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has launched the Top 100 Academy, which will see staff from across all areas of the trust working together in teams to develop new ideas and initiatives for the trust, and to help staff improve their own leadership skills.

Ian Ward, associate director of organisational development, said: “This is the first time we have done anything on this scale. We need a high standard of leadership if we are going to get good standards of care.

“It’s a real opportunity for people to see how they want to contribute to the trust, and to work on business-based projects and develop leadership skills they can take back to their own departments.”

Staff had to go through a stringent application process to take part in the academy, with 54 chosen to take part in the first tranche of the project, starting in April.

Mr Ward added: “It’s about everybody working together to create a real sense of belonging and ownership in the trust’s direction. We have got very senior management involved, so it’s an opportunity for many staff who have never had the chance to work with senior managers.”

Academy members will work in groups looking at different areas of the trust, with a senior executive working with them, to develop proposals which will benefit the whole trust.

Anita Ruckledge, a ward sister at Pinderfields Hospital who is taking part in the academy, said: “I think the trust has turned a corner and I want to be part of the changes. It’s exciting to be involved and I think I can take patients’ point of views and influence what happens in the trust.”

Mr Ward said: “We wanted to do something to show people we are really thinking about what we can do to improve leadership and quality within the trust.”