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#OneTeamOneOUH staff invited to 'Have your say - make your voice heard!'


All staff working at Oxford University Hospitals are being encouraged to have their say and make their voices heard by taking part in this year's NHS Staff Survey.

In a personal message to all OUH staff to launch the annual survey, Terry Roberts (Chief People Officer) said: "2021 has been another hugely challenging year for all of us due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is your chance to say how it feels to work at OUH so that we can learn from what you tell us and make positive changes in response to your feedback."

Your views really do matter and my Trust Board colleagues and I are personally committed to learning from your experiences in order to shape further improvements so that OUH is a great place to work.

"Since last year's NHS Staff Survey, we have introduced our Growing Stronger Together - Rest, Reflect, Recover programme to support your health and wellbeing both as individuals and in your teams."

As part of Growing Stronger Together, in September we launched Wellbeing Check-ins for every member of our #OneTeamOneOUH - a one-to-one 'touch base' conversation that provides a moment to pause and check if staff have any new or ongoing wellbeing needs.

In addition, teams from across the Trust have taken part in R3P (Recovery, Readjustment and Reintegration) workshops which provide space to have more in-depth discussions about people's experiences of working during the pandemic and, thanks to a successful bid for funding from NHS Charities Together by Oxford Hospitals Charity, a dedicated Psychological Medicine Staff Support Service has been created to support staff working at OUH.

OUH staff are also being invited to have their say and make their voices heard by taking part in activities to celebrate Black History Month and Speak Up Month this October.

October is designated by the National Guardian's Office as the annual Speak Up Month and our Freedom to Speak Up (FtSU) team has planned a range of activities, aimed at showing how everyone has a part to play in making speaking up business as usual at OUH.

Trust Chief Executive Officer, Dr Bruno Holthof, Claire Flint (Non-Executive Director lead for Freedom to Speak Up) and Eileen Walsh (Executive Director lead for Freedom to Speak Up) host a virtual listening event on Tuesday 5 October 2021 on the theme Supporting staff who find it difficult to speak up.

Black History Month is an annual event which takes place every October to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution that people of African and Caribbean descent have made to the UK over many generations, including in the NHS.

Our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network, working in partnership with our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team, has organised two virtual events for staff, with Joy Warmington (Non-Executive Director) talking about the role of allyship in the NHS and Terry Roberts (Chief People Officer) leading a session on the career journeys of black leaders in the NHS with Karen Bonner (Chief Nurse, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust) and Thanda Mhlanga (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager - Workforce, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust).

See the highlights of Speak Up Month and Black History Month on our Twitter feed @OUHospitals.