At Mid Yorkshire we believe we have a hardworking, talented and committed workforce who do the Trust proud every day.
We know that to be able to provide an excellent service to our patients, we need to have happy, highly engaged staff, who are empowered to do the best job they can. At Mid Yorkshire we believe we have a hardworking, talented and committed workforce who do the Trust proud every day.
Many of our staff’s work has been recognised by national awards and accreditations, including:
- Four of our nursing teams shortlisted in the Nursing Times Awards.
- Community and vascular nursing teams highly commended in the Health Service Journal Awards.
- Our Macmillan alcohol liaison nurse shortlisted for an innovation award in the Macmillan Professional Excellence Awards.
- One of our radiographers voted as Yorkshire and North Trent’s Radiographer of the Year.
- A Rising Star medal for one of our senior clinical psychologists at the Spinal Injuries Association’s Rebuilding Lives Awards.
- Our patient experience team shortlisted for the Improving End of Life Care Experience category in the Patient Experience Network National Awards.
Within the Trust we are also committed to recognising and celebrating the successes of our staff. We have awards for Teams of the Week, a monthly MY Star award and an annual staff awards ceremony. This includes the Dr Kate Granger Compassionate Care Award, voted for by the public and in memory of a much loved and respected colleague who sadly lost her battle with cancer, though not before achieving international success with the ‘Hello my name is…’ campaign among healthcare staff. The lengthy and often very emotional nominations the Trust receives from patients and staff for these awards exemplifies the extraordinary lengths some of our staff go to in order to support patients and their families.
The Care Quality Commission recognises this about Mid Yorkshire and has consistently given us a rating of ‘Good’ in the area of Caring, commenting on the compassion our staff show. This caring attitude does not just extend to our patients but to each other. Many of our staff have worked with the Trust for a long time and show a true Yorkshire friendliness towards everyone they meet, whether they come from the region, elsewhere in the country or from across the other side of the world. Our teams are often close knit and offer personal support to one another in what can be a challenging environment to work.
We know the Trust has not always got the experience for our staff as good as we want it to be but we are absolutely committed to improving it. We strive to provide excellent training and development opportunities and a comprehensive package of staff benefits. And the number of our staff who would recommend us as place to work in the national NHS staff survey is increasing year on year.
We recognise that we have responsibilities as one of the biggest employers in the area, and we are delighted to be involved in Project Search, a year-long learning programme undertaken in conjunction with several local partners to offer training and work experience to adults aged 17-25 with learning disabilities. The Trust has subsequently employed many of the project’s interns.
Educating healthcare professionals
The Trust also takes seriously our duty to help educate and train future healthcare professionals. We are an Associated Teaching Trust contracted to deliver undergraduate and postgraduate medical education on behalf of Health Education England (Yorkshire and the Humber) and the medical schools of Leeds and Sheffield universities. Our Medical Education and Simulation Hub team provide education and training focused on improving patient care, using an impressive range of simulation equipment, skills and support. The Trust also has an onsite library for staff, which holds a huge range of expert literature and access to healthcare databases to help with clinical practice.
In 2018, in conjunction with the University of Bradford, the Trust opened our School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership at our Dewsbury Hospital. The school offers a learning suite with state-of-the-art technology to enable students to engage in learning through problem-solving and reflection, dedicated seminar rooms for interactive learning activities, and a bespoke clinical skills lab, as well as students having the benefit of access to learning within a fully working hospital. The Trust offers registered nurse posts to students on successful completion of the programme.