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Developing the Administrative and Clerical Profession Launch

c DSC_0287The Administrative and Clerical professional standards were formally launched at a landmark event on Monday 4th July when 200 A&C staff were welcomed by the Trust Chairman, Steve Mycio, to the first event of its kind for A&C staff.

The special event acknowledged the major contribution A&C staff make to the Trust. The Chairman spoke of how A&C staff are fundamental to the quality of care the Trust provides to our patients and to enabling clinical and non-clinical staff to do their jobs effectively.

The Chairman outlined the work which had already taken place including the creation of an A&C advisory group drawn from all clinical divisions and an A&C advisory group drawn from the corporate and research and innovation divisions. The groups had been instrumental in developing the professional standards and a dedicated A&C centre on Staffnet. Further work will focus on learning and development opportunities and effective communication. The Chairman concluded his speech by emphasising the valuable experience A&C staff hold and the importance of retaining talented and committed staff.

The delegates also enjoyed inspirational speeches from John Amaechi (pictured), Non-Executive Director and psychologist and Margot Johnson, Executive Director of Human and Corporate Resources. Mags Bradbury, Associate Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion presented a well-received session on unconscious bias and Stephen Gardner, Director of strategic projects, gave an informative talk on changes in the NHS with a particular focus on Greater Manchester.

Putting the professional standards into practice and linking them into objective setting at appraisals were highlighted and encouraged by Kash Haroon, OD&T Manager and Sue Britland-Jones, Strategic Workforce Manager.

Delegates enjoyed a networking lunch and were joined by Executive Directors and Divisional and Corporate Directors.

The event was kindly sponsored by the Staff Lottery Fund.

A smaller launch event took place at Trafford Hospital yesterday and one will take place tomorrow at the Dental Hospital. Further details of these two events will be in next week's Wednesday Weekly News.

aacLogo Competition Winner

A competition was run for A&C staff to submit a team logo design to coincide with the launch.  The winning logo is now used on the staffnet site, for branding at the launch event and through many other channels to show everyone else in the Trust what the A&C teams are doing. From the 43 entries received, and after much deliberation, the judging panel chose a winner: Congratulations to Liz Campbell from the Genetics Department at Saint Mary's!

Take a look at all the tweets and photos from the day here.