#TeamMKUH represents all staff across our hospital and is our way of demonstrating our commitment and dedication to the individuals that make up our organisation. It is an underlying commitment made by all colleagues, to all colleagues, to create the best possible working environments where individuals can thrive and perform and patients receive outstanding care and experience.
The reference to #TeamMKUH was born from colleagues across the organisation and has since become the driving force behind everything that we do. There are several ways that we enable our staff to have their voices heard and to show our appreciation for the work they do. Some of these are outlined below.
Every person who joins the hospital is instantly welcomed into the #TeamMKUH community.
Our hospital offers one of the best staff benefits packages throughout the NHS.
Our extensive benefits package includes:
- Free on-site parking
- Free EV charging
- Free breakfast
- Flexible working opportunities
- Buy and sell annual leave, including the ability to ‘bank’ annual leave
- 24/7 Helpline – Employee Assistance Programme
- Car lease salary sacrifice schemes
- Cycle to work salary sacrifice scheme
- Lifestyle savings and discounts
- Subsidised healthy meals
- Counselling sessions: face-to-face, phone or virtual
- Financial well-being workshops
- NHS pension
- And more!
Listening to our staff
We created our flagship staff engagement programme ‘The Event in the Tent’ in 2017 – our annual internal conference where we host a range of workshops, seminars, keynote presentations and round table discussions for all staff to get involved in.
The event continues to grow and evolve every year to bring more staff together and ensure their voices are heard. As well as helping to shape the future direction of the organisation, these events are an opportunity to inspire and support the personal development of our colleagues, all allowing us to continually deliver the best possible service to our communities and make MKUH the best possible place to work.
The annual staff awards are an opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate staff achievements from across the hospital. In 2023, we hosted our tenth and biggest awards event ever, with more than 900 colleagues across the organisation receiving a nomination.
Categories range from championing patient safety to recognising the army of volunteers who support the ongoing running of the hospital. An expert panel of judges – which changes each year to appropriate represent our workforce – will produce a shortlist for each category, with those colleagues and teams invited to attend the glittering awards ceremony.
To find out more about the latest staff awards event, click here.
In 2017, following significant national research, we launched GREATix – a chance to share some great work that an individual or team has done to look at how we can learn from the positives and share best practice.
GREATix is designed to celebrate positive actions so that we can understand how we can share this more widely across the organisation so that more staff and patients can benefit.
All members of staff are able to put forward the work of others if they believe this is an opportunity that we can share. Since its launch, more than 1,500 GREATix’s have been submitted and the success has led to a number of changes being made across various departments.
Health and wellbeing
The health and wellbeing of our colleagues is paramount and we recognise that without happy, healthy, satisfied staff, we cannot continue to deliver an outstanding service to our patients. Our dedicated health and wellbeing programme was introduced several years ago and includes a variety of different activities and services, designed to improve both the physical and mental health of our staff.
Our people are our greatest asset. When we feel supported and happy in work, this positivity reaches those very people we are here for, the patients.
Over the last few years, we have introduced a range of staff networks which are forums where staff can share their experiences, ideas and suggestions with like-minded colleagues. Our staff networks will support a fairer and more diverse MKUH for everyone.
- tackle issues for underrepresented and disadvantaged groups and individuals
- offer a place to come together, share experiences and facilitate learning and development
- help shape and deliver our organisational strategy and policy
- improve the staff experience on specific issues relating to each network.