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Employee wellbeing is inextricably linked to organisational culture and professional fulfilment. The Valued awards recognise exceptional initiatives that have strengthened organisational culture to support employee wellbeing.

Categories and criteria:

Teams or organisations may nominate themselves or be nominated by others, if they meet the criteria for one of the categories below. Each team or organisation nominated should have made a significant contribution that has positively impacted employees.

Entries should highlight the impact: this might include anecdotal evidence and data. There will be one winner and up to two highly commended awards given in each category.

The categories are summarised below:

Leadership

Culture is achieved through exceptional leadership. Judges are looking for leaders who have demonstrated how to create a winning culture that inspires exceptional results and attracts, motivates and retains talent.

What are we looking for?

Please outline 1/ the strategy, approach or process that has been rolled-out, 2/ the rationale and 3/ the impact of this work for the workforce and patient community.

Proof points might include how the approach has:

  • Inspired and encouraged personal and professional development in others

  • Built strong relationships that support a high level of trust and credibility

  • Adapted readily to new situations

  • Mentored and cultivated employees, creating a culture of respect that fosters an atmosphere for achievement

  • Benefitted those beyond their department through an emphasis on collaboration

Education

Growing for the future: developing the workforce and supporting others in their career progression.

Judges want to hear about structured, implemented and monitored training and development initiatives that form an integral part of the organisational culture, and that positively impacts on both the retention and addition of new talent.

What are we looking for?

Please demonstrate how the team or organisation is developing its workforce and supporting others in their career progression.

Please outline 1/ the strategy, approach or process that has been rolled-out, 2/ the rationale and 3/ the impact of this work for the workforce and patient community.

Proof points might include evidence that learning is integrated with work, and teams use the knowledge gained to improve patient outcomes or operational processes. It may include the following:

  • Converting information, data and processes into opportunity

  • Promoting transfer of knowledge and influence from person to person

  • Recognising and responding to differing learning preferences and cultivates others’ abilities and talents

  • Modelling an open attitude toward self-evaluation

  • Promoting self-direction and empowering colleagues to make decisions

  • Celebrating the learning process for its own sake

Inclusivity

Belonging in the NHS: creating an organisational culture where everyone feels they belong.

Judges are looking to celebrate an organisation with a strong equality, inclusion and diversity culture, where there is a clear positive impact of the approach on individuals, teams and the organisation.

What are we looking for?

Please demonstrate how your organisation has created an organisational culture where everyone feels they belong.

Please outline 1/ the strategy, approach or process that has been rolled-out, 2/ the rationale and 3/ the impact of this work for the workforce and patient community.

Proof points might include evidence of how the approach has supported individuals, teams or the whole organisation, including:

  • Measurable progress on equality, diversity and inclusion

  • Recruitment and promotion practices

  • Leadership diversity;

  • Contribution of staff networks to inform decision making

  • How the culture ensures everyone has the freedom to speak up

Health and Wellbeing

Looking after our people: quality health and wellbeing support for everyone.

The importance of health, particularly mental health, and wellbeing in the workplace is essential to a happy and productive workplace. Judges will look to recognise initiatives that actively promote and support employee wellbeing.

What are we looking for?

Please demonstrate how your organisation is ensuring quality health and wellbeing support for the workforce.

Please outline 1/ the strategy, approach or process that has been rolled-out, 2/ the rationale and 3/ the impact of this work for the workforce and patient community.

Proof points might include how the approach supports the health and wellbeing of all employees:

  • Employee feedback, interviews

  • Improved staff presence

  • Staff retention

  • Organisational policy

  • Management information, including Key Performance Indicators

  • Embedded health and wellbeing conversations into reviews, appraisals and 1:1s

Service Delivery

New ways of working and delivering care: embracing new ways of working in teams, across organisations and sectors, supported by technology.

Judges are looking to celebrate an organisation that has undertaken a new initiative that has positively impacted on individuals, operational productivity and patient outcomes.

What are we looking for?

Please demonstrate how your organisation is embracing new ways of working in teams,

across organisations and sectors, supported by technology.

Please outline 1/ the strategy, approach or process that has been rolled-out, 2/ the rationale and 3/ the impact of this work for the workforce and patient community.

Proof points might include:

  • Use of creativity to confront challenges, seeking ways to advance beyond the status quo

  • Demonstrated ability to stir the pot for positive, fresh impact

  • Improved staff presence and retention

  • Improved patient outcomes

  • Improved outcomes from cross-collaboration

Nomination and selection process:

The nomination and selection process is as follows:

  • The deadline for nominations is midnight on Friday 5th July 2024

  • Nominations must be made via the nomination form

  • Nominations can be made by any staff across the ICS

  • One form is needed per entry. You can make multiple nominations, but need to complete a form for each

  • An acknowledgement email will be sent to the nominator upon receipt of the completed nomination form

  • Nominations will not be considered without a completed nomination form. Nominations will be considered by the Valued Award judges, which included clinical and non-clinical staff from across North Central London

Nominations from NCL Training Hub teams

If you work within the NCL Training Hub team and would like to submit a Valued Awards nomination, please ensure you refer to the NCL Media Engagement Protocol and Awards Policy before submitting your nomination. For more information or any questions, please contact nclicb.nclth@nhs.net.

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