Wednesday, 23 June 2021
It was announced this month that South West London and St George’s Agile Working Programme has been shortlisted for a 2021 CIPD award in the category of ‘Best Flexible Working Initiative’.
Agile Working has been developed and implemented over the past two years by the Trust’s People Readiness and Culture Change (PRCC) team, who are responsible for a broad strategic programme of work supporting transitions across the Trust at a time of exciting innovation and investment.
With moves to online working accelerated in the past 16 months, the Trust’s Agile Working programme has been at the forefront of harnessing change to empower staff.
The programme is supporting SWLSTG’s teams to take advantage of new ways of working by facilitating flexible working, promoting new technologies and enhancing digital literacy. By working closely with teams across the Trust to redesign ways of working, the PRCC team have enabled staff to maximise the time they spend together on an offline, boosting productivity, efficiency and supporting greater collaboration between and within teams during a challenging period.
Commenting on the announcement, SWLSTG Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development Mary Foulkes said: “The NHS People Plan is clear in its ambition for the NHS to be a fully flexible employer by 2022, and our Agile Working programme is key to delivering on this in south west London.
“Agile working is changing the way that people work across the country and we are proud to be capitalising on this to improve our services and our ways of working. For us, it offers our people greater flexibility in where and when they work, and the ability to design their work around their personal circumstances – be that childcare, exercise, healthcare appointments or religious practices.”
“This removes barriers for our staff enabling them to achieve their full potential, whilst also supporting us to be a more diverse and inclusive employer. At an organisational level, it means we are able to offer the best quality of care for our patients whilst delivering an accessible and sustainable working environment for our staff.”
More broadly, Agile Working is a key part of the Trust’s Integrated Programme. This is delivering innovations and investments across the Trust’s estate and services in the coming years, including the development of new mental health facilities in Richmond, Wandsworth and Kingston and investments in adult community mental health services.
Find out more about the Trust’s Integrated Programme