The NHS People Plan, released in September 2020, emphasises the need to build on the flexible working changes that are emerging through COVID-19, in order to become a modern and model employer. We also know that having flexibility in your working lives is important to you from your feedback within the NHS Staff Survey and Staff Friends and Family Test. And so, we have committed to improving flexibilities at LTHT, making this a key priority in our aim of becoming the best place to work.
Flexible working means different things to different people and can relate to when, where and how we work. It may also include the need for greater predictability, to help people manage their different responsibilities and broader interests. Flexible working can, and should be considered for staff within any role or band, and may simply be to achieve a better work life blend.
Flexible Working at LTHT
We now have two distinct working groups to implement specific action to improve both flexible working and remote working at LTHT, and have executive sponsorship to ensure we continue to improve at pace. One of the areas we will be looking to refresh as part of these groups is the Flexible Working Trust policy.
We would encourage managers to use a personalised people management approach, entering into open and positive conversations with employees to explore flexible working opportunities within your team, and recommend having a team discussion to help find solutions that work for the service, the individual and the team. This local approach may enable your team to find flexible working opportunities that work for all, which are identified simply, and often without the need for formal requests to be submitted. We also recommend agreeing review dates for any new ways of working, to help ensure the opportunities identified, are the right ones over time. Having regular Wellbeing Conversations with employees will also help managers to create a flexible working culture for all staff at LTHT.
Here is a link to the current Flexible Working Policy, which we recommend managers consider within this context.
We will continue to communicate the progress we make to improving flexible working at LTHT, and will update this page regularly. However, for any more information, please contact the Staff Engagement Team on email@example.com
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