Have spent the evening at an awards ceremony for the HPMA Excellence in HRM 2011 Awards. I was invited along as a member of NHS Norfolk's Staff Management Council (in my role as a Unison Rep). NHS Norfolk was nominated in the Social Partnership/Partnership Working category for is work in having implemented a true partnership Staff Management council for commissioning staff from scratch after the formation of Norfolk Community Health & Care took most of the previous union members and all of the representatives/stewards etc. out of NHS Norfolk.
Working with the unions (in particular Unison) the HR team encouraged remaining members to become more involved and formed a Staff Management Council that has helped to steer the organisation through some very difficult times with a new Chief Exec implementing a new management structure followed by a consultation to 'right-size' the organisation and prepare for the effects of the Governments' Health White Paper.
Thanks to the sterling efforts of a now departed (to another NHS body) HR Advisor, Damon Williams, the excellent partnership working and presentation in front of the judging panel by another HR advisor, Michelle Pelling & our Unison Link, Noel Glover... and of course the continued good work of the staff and management side reps on the SMC, we won the award! A great feeling! It recognises the work we all put in as a group on behalf of the whole organisation.
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Ever wondered what a Borough Councillor's role entails?
Ever wondered what a Borough Councillor's role entails?I did! I was elected as a Councillor for the Lynn South & West ward of the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk on 5th May 2011.
A little bit about me:
I have lived in South Lynn for 7 years with my wife and work locally for the Norfolk Primary Care Trust as an IT Manager.
I am a Labour Councillor and whilst the local Labour group made some encouraging gains in the May elections (moving from 4 councillors to 13) we are still very much a minority opposition as the Tories hold 42 of the 64 council seats.