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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 this work.

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 stay@southend.nhs.uk

Pictured (l-r): Julie Coleman, Head of Practice Development; Stephanie Wilson, Head of Engagement, Retention & Recognition; Joanne Colby, Retention & Engagement Advisor