We encourage staff participation in shaping working practices through consultation on policy development, access to electronic discussion forums and by holding regular lunchtime open learning sessions on key activities. Core skills training programmes are in place, including appraisal, health and safety, performance management and IT training, with an emphasis on workplace learning.
This year we have launched a Corporate Induction Programme with induction sessions for new starters. The NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) is used by the SHA for staff development, using personal development plans as the basis of a development review process. This is an ongoing cycle of review, planning, development and evaluation for linking organisational and individual development needs and is a commitment to the development of everyone who works in the NHS Development, needs and opportunities are identified and agreed between staff and their line managers.
Electronic KSF management has been introduced to make using KSF easier for all staff. Staff have Personal Development Portfolios to enable the recording of skills, experience and achievements in a way that demonstrates
how their attributes match against competencies required for both their current and future roles.
NHS West Midlands are certified as committed to employing disabled people.