Learning series for finance team

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, North West, Acute

The problem

Having moved to an office away from the main hospital site, whilst still maintaining a hybrid way of working, the finance team felt remote from the workings of the main hospital site. The finance team needed to find a way to link into what was going on in the hospital, the region and the wider NHS in order to maintain the morale of the team and keep them up to date.

The challenge

How might we keep the finance team abreast of interesting developments in the trust and the wider NHS, so that morale in the team was improved.

The outputs

So far 8 talks have been delivered to the team

The outcomes

The feedback from the team has been very positive. The talks have brought various parts of the team together and enabled the team to hear about developments happening both within the trust and beyond. It has been really positive getting the team together for something other than the day to day elements of our roles. It has given us an opportunity to talk together about things other than the day job and has led to the team sharing more widely about what sorts of things they do outside of their usual roles.

Some of the talks given have led to tangible actions by the team, for example the team has set up a food/toy donation bank in the off-site office following the health inequalities talk, and members of the team are considering doing fundraising events for the charity following their talk.

It has been a very positive experience for minimal effort in terms of arranging and facilitating the events.

The Innovation

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What the peer-reviewers said

“Excellent initiative and some tangible benefits that have arisen as a result.”

“This is a great idea as it brings the team together, makes them aware how they are impacting other parts of the NHS and overall boosts morale.”

“A formalised schedule of speakers on a wide variety of topics is excellent practice, which opens people’s eyes to challenges outside of finance and helps understanding and working across boundaries.”

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