Reflections on Autumn with Sarah Massie, Deputy Director People and Culture

Salary Sacrifice- Sarah Massie

Autumn is upon us - a season that always leads me to be reflective and to take stock of the year so far before we head into winter. With the riot of autumn colours, bonfires, fireworks and poppies that abound, I am mindful it is a time to remember and celebrate.

As I look back over the last few weeks I have had the joy of attending many celebrations and graduation ceremonies with our higher education partners watching our student paramedics (Diploma in Higher Education and BSc students) move from undergraduate to graduate; a celebration of all their hard work and also a celebration and reflection of our dedicated education teams (clinical and driving), our practice educators, and staff who have supported them on their journey. I have also taken part in many assessment days interviewing bright, keen and passionate people as they embark on the start of their career with us and most recently our Trust awards where I was once again humbled by the dedication and compassion shown by volunteers, individuals and teams.

As we head into winter Professional Updates (PU) will be suspended from December 1st to January 13th inclusive. Revised dates will be made available to all clinical staff to ensure nobody  misses the opportunity to undertake this training.

We’ve also launched the new Wellbeing passport which is a fantastic way to capture evidence of your wellbeing and professional progress in the coming months – please email register your details or ask them team when they’ll be out seeing staff so that you can pick yours up. Within the passport, you can evidence that you’ve had a flu jab (or had a reason not to), and again Wellbeing can let you know when you can get the #JabDone near you.

Sticking with my nature metaphor my thoughts turn to autumn being the best season to plant to ensure vigorous growth in the spring. With this in mind I am keen to share some of the new offers to help support staff and leaders at every level in the organisation:

  • We have started our first emergency medical technician apprenticeship and have recruited a further three cohorts who start in January. We are members of a national team developing the Paramedic Degree apprenticeship which will allow us to develop our internal pathway from technician to paramedic using our apprenticeship levy
  • Compassionate conversation courses continue to receive great feedback and are available for all staff
  • Our focus is moving to all managers especially new managers and leaders in the Service Delivery teams with a range of support including basic management tools and techniques to leadership programmes, coaching and mentoring to ensure our staff feel valued and supported.  For our administrative teams we have a programme of skills such as minute taking and report writing . We have signed up to the Skills For Health national content for statutory and mandatory training, which reduces the amount and frequency of modules. This will all move to our new Learning Management System (LMS) which will go live in January  empowering staff to manage their own learning; in the meantime everything is live on Learn Zone or  take a look at our updated pages on the  You Matter section on East 24 .

I am excited to share these new opportunities to our staff and look forward to watching our talent flourish. Thank you to everyone involved in learning and development and can I encourage everyone to ask about opportunities during your compassionate conversation with your manager.

Finally, part of our learning and feedback processes are knitted into the outcomes of the NHS staff survey. Thank you to everyone who has taken time to fill theirs in – the window to do so is closing very soon, so please if you haven’t done so already, remember the survey is completely confidential and doesn’t take too long to fill out.

Have a good week,


Published 15th November 2018

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