Bronze award for commitment to looking after staff

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded Bronze accreditation against the Investors in People Standard, demonstrating their commitment to high performance through good people management.

Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results. It enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale.

The Trust has held Investors in People accreditation for six years. Accreditation is ‘for life’ subject to reviews at least every three years and the Trust was required to undergo a second review by 31 March 2017.

As part of the process, a sample of staff were selected at random and invited to attend an interview or focus group conducted by an external reviewer. The reviewer asked staff to discuss their role and responsibilities, learning and development, management effectiveness, recognition and communication and their views on these topics.

Phillip Marshall, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development at the Trust, said: “I am delighted that we have been awarded Bronze accreditation for the Investors in People standard.

“This is a Trust-wide achievement, not an individual one, so it is something for us all to be proud of.  I want Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust to aspire for excellence every time – both for our patients and their families and carers and within our own organisation – and the Bronze IIP accreditation is a testament to this ambition.

“Bronze accreditation represents a significant amount of development work by the Trust since our original achievement of the standard level of IiP accreditation. It is recognition of a significant change in the standard of our leadership and management practices and another step on the Trust’s journey to reach the highest standard of IiP accreditation that is possible.”

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, Investors in People accreditation is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to success. The Trust should be extremely proud of their achievement.”

Steve Burrows, Managing Director of Investors in People North of England said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the Trust and I would like to congratulate all of the team. We believe that your people make the difference and by investing in them you are looking to create sustainable success. IIP is designed to help organisations and their people to realise potential, providing a simple road map for excellence. With their accreditation success, the Trust is certainly working to realise their people potential.”

For more information about Investors in People please visit www.investorsinpeople.com

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For further information please contact:

Paul Widdowfield, Communications and Marketing Manager, paul.widdowfield@hdft.nhs.uk and 01423 557470.

About Investors in People

Investors in People is the Standard for people management. The international people management Standard defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results.

With a community of 14,000 organisations across 75 countries, successful accreditation against the Standard is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to sustained success.

Based on a tried and tested framework and a rigorous process of assessment, organisations that meet the Investors in People Standard proudly display their accreditation to the world because they understand that it’s people that make the difference.

Since 1991, the standard has evolved to keep pace with modern practices. The current sixth generation was launched internationally in 2015.

There are now four new levels of accreditation; Accredited, Silver, Gold and Platinum.