Retention pilot scheme reaps award
04 December 2019
A staff retention scheme piloted at the Southend University Hospital site, which is now being rolled out across our three hospital sites, was recently recognised with an NHSI National Retention Award for Best Support to Those Approaching Retirement.
The 'Flexible Retirement and Encore Career Programme' was
piloted at Southend and included newly-developed flexible working
guidelines for managers and staff, retention skills training for
managers, a streamlined Retire & Return process and guidelines
and pension and financial planning workshops for all nurses
approaching retirement. The panel at the National Retention Awards
were impressed with the comprehensive support available to those
approaching retirement and felt our programme led the way in this
area. NHSI had previously written and published a case study about
The team that worked on the project came from a number of
departments. It was led by Stephanie Wilson, Head of Engagement
& Retention, Julie Coleman and her team in Practice
Development, Karen Hussey, HR Business Partner, and Joanne Colby
from Recruitment (now Retention & Engagement Advisor).
Stephanie Wilson said: "The programme provided an opportunity
for us to engage with our older staff and to break down barriers
and misunderstandings. In the UK, as the national retirement age
increases, our staff will work longer before they are eligible to
retire. With children still at home and parents living longer and
needing care, our staff need the security and choice to extend
their careers with us for as long as they wish."
"It isn't just about returning to a current role either, there
are opportunities to retrain and enjoy a new career in their
current Trust, or across the Group."
To find out more about the scheme contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured (l-r): Julie Coleman, Head of Practice
Development; Stephanie Wilson, Head of Engagement, Retention &
Recognition; Joanne Colby, Retention & Engagement