Trust scoops hat-trick in awards ceremony

2nd Oct 2020

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust has scored a hat-trick of wins – after scooping three prestigious HR awards.

The organisation has won the Bevan Brittan Award for Wellbeing, the Health Sector Talent award for Best Recruitment Initiative, whilst Raffaela Goodby, Director of People and Organisation Development, picked up the coveted HR Director of the Year gong.

The organisation was recognised in the HPMA (Healthcare People Management Association) Excellence in People Awards 2020 which took place virtually this year.

Raffaela said: “We are so pleased to be recognised for the brilliant team work with our people teams, our clinical colleagues, junior doctors, nurses, partners and the community, in how we looked after our colleagues with love and care both before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“It is testament to the vibe and energy of the SWB family and how much they support each other during difficult times.

I am privileged to receive the HR Director of the Year Award, it feels overwhelmingly beautiful to be nominated by so many clinical colleagues and to know our profession and my energy and values have had a positive impact. Thank you to all HR and people teams who work tirelessly to support the 1.2 million colleagues within the NHS, you are wonderful.”

Dr Sarb Clare, who headed up the wellbeing initiative at the Trust which saw the introduction of energy pods for clinicians, dedicated rest spaces, coffee and food supplies, added: “I am absolutely delighted with the recognition. The energy pods were a catalyst to a huge amount of wellbeing initiatives from dedicated rest spaces,  to debrief sessions to name a few.

“The energy pods created a culture and emphasis on ‘its ok and vital to take a break’. 

“Colleagues reported an improvement in concentration, mental state and felt safe to drive home after a night shift. The pods allowed an area for desensitisation away from the hustle and bustle of a very busy acute medical unit and allowed a breather for many who look after very sick patients.

“These pods were very timely for the pandemic where staff wellbeing was a number one priority. I am really proud that we have been ahead of the curve and we must not underestimate the power of looking after our frontline staff as it equates to high quality care for our sick patients.” 

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