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NHS staff turn up in their numbers for OUH's fifth Great Appraiser event

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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust debated the role of staff evaluations with health and business experts at The Great Appraiser event on 2 November 2018.

Around 150 people from the Trust and other NHS organisations learned from more than 10 speakers at the Trust's OUH Cowley base about developing skills associated with appraisal and leadership.

Dr Tony Berendt, who retired as the Trust's Medical Director earlier in 2018, delivered a workshop on leadership, and gave a talk on how he benefitted from appraisals during his career.

Clare Dollery, Acting Medical Director; Professor Peter Sullivan, Director Of Medical Education; Laura Bick, Head of Recruitment and Retention, and Dr Chandi Ratnatunga, Director of Clinical Services, all Trust staff, gave talks alongside speakers from other organisations, including the British Medical Association and General Medical Council.

Megan Reitz, Professor of Leadership and Dialogue at Ashridge Executive Education business school, gave a well-attended and inspiring talk to staff on 'Speaking Truth to Power' at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in the morning, and revisited the theme in a presentation at the Great Appraiser event.

Megan is an author, speaker, and researcher who spoke about the power of speaking up, listening up and appreciative enquiry at every level of an organisation.

Dr Ivor Byren, Associate Medical Director at the Trust, said: "A big thank you to NHS England and Oxford Hospitals Charity, both of which kindly sponsored the fifth edition of the annual event, which was a resounding success."

Pictured: Megan Reitz delivers her 'Speaking Truth to Power' talk.