Independent investigation: staff message from Dorothy Hosein, CEO

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I am sure you will remember that sadly three members of staff died unexpectedly in November 2019. I know each one of these deaths had a huge impact on their families, close colleagues and across the wider service.

As you may also know, we commissioned an independent investigation to look at all three of these unexpected deaths. The aim was to provide the Trust with a clear understanding of the events leading to each of these unexpected deaths; any learning in relation to the management and support of staff within the organisation and; any wider organisational learning and development. 

We have published today the full recommendations from the investigation and our action plan.

We all know that work and home life are not easily separated. Your well-being, and those of your co-workers, is influenced by personal, family and other relationships, as well as by the job you have and your place of work. What is clear from the investigation is this complexity has not been properly reflected in some of our policies and the way we manage issues, which have been too tightly focused on just workplace performance.

This investigation brings home clearly that the Trust must do more to support the mental health of staff if they suffer problems or anxiety in their private, family or work life. This means you will see more support, training and earlier intervention to protect your mental health and well-being.

To do this, we will move fast to improve our wellbeing policies and practice so they recognise all staff as individuals, in and out of uniform. This will mean taking rapid and robust action to address issues arising in the workplace, and outside of work as well.

We are already making progress on our action plan to address these recommendations. Half of our actions will be completed by the end of this month, with all recommendations addressed by the end of September. We will continue to provide regular updates.

With my best wishes to you all

Dorothy 

Published 13th May 2020

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