Our district has received its budget and service agreement for the 2022/23 financial year and I look forward to holding a Budget Broadcast to showcase some of the wellbeing initiatives we have underway to support our staff and also outline some of the exciting projects we look forward to progressing over the coming months. The healthcare system and dedicated healthcare workers have been incredible throughout the pandemic and health staff have gone through a great deal tirelessly providing high- quality care and treatment to our community. A big focus of this year’s NSW Health budget is based around workforce resilience and at NSLHD we are committed to your wellbeing and ensuring our staff get the respite and back-up that is needed. NSLHD has been allocated additional staffing in the budget to support our frontline workers and areas where we have the highest levels of excess leave and overtime are an immediate priority. This will result in almost a hundred full time equivalent staff including nursing, medical, allied health and support staff being added to our workforce over the coming weeks and months.
It has been a difficult time for our hospitals, and the system as a whole, as we manage the latest wave of COVID-19 and the winter flu season. I appreciate this is not easy. I want to acknowledge the incredible efforts of our staff and I assure you that we are exploring all possibilities and progressing a wide range of initiatives so we can provide every support to you. Recruitment processes have been adjusted to support filling vacant positions as quickly as possible and enhanced recruitment campaigns are underway to attract the best staff to come and work at NSLHD and provide the additional support that is needed. As we have done in recent times, we will work closely with you to support you as we respond to this latest wave. You are our greatest priority. As always I thank you for everything you are doing to support each other and our community.
Deb Willcox Chief Executive Northern Sydney Local Health District
NSLHDNEWS | ISSUE 14 | 1 AUGUST 2022
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