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NHS Highland chief executive hails "invaluable" staff feedback sessions

By Gregor White

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NHS Highland staff have been sharing their views at staff engagement sessions.
NHS Highland staff have been sharing their views at staff engagement sessions.

NHS Highland is holding a host of staff sessions in response to the Sturrock Report into bullying within the health board

Over the last six weeks NHS Highland board directors and non-executive directors have been "on the road" meeting and talking with staff.

The first phase of employee engagement sessions, open to all NHS Highland staff, began in Inverness on August 19.

To date, 20 events have been held in 10 locations with a further series of events planned for later this autumn.

NHS Highland chief executive Iain Stewart said: "I should like to thank all those who came along to one of our events and for honestly sharing their experiences and offering suggestions for improvements in how we do things at NHS Highland.

"I attended a good number of the sessions myself and found it invaluable to hear first-hand of people’s concerns and their future hopes for the organisation."

The events are designed to capture views on the organisation’s culture and help shape a "Culture Fit for the Future" action plan.

According to NHS Highland the sessions have been well-received by staff.

NHS Highland director of corporate communications Jane McGirk said: "Feedback from the sessions has been really positive. People have welcomed the informal approach and appreciated the chance to have an open conversation with members of the senior leadership team.

"We look forward to meeting as many employees as possible during the next wave of engagement sessions which will include locations not included on the first itinerary."

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