NSLHD News February 11 2022

Message from the Chief Executive Deb Willcox

As we continue to manage the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, staff wellbeing remains a priority. While it is reassuring to see a reduction in the numbers of patients requiring our care the sustained pressure and uncertainty is still hard. It is so important we continue to look after ourselves and each other so we can continue to look after our patients and our community. The Moments That Matter Portal and additional training and resources are there for staff to ensure you get the support you need. It aims to personalise resources and I encourage you to log in to the portal and try it out – https://balance2life.com.au/join/ nslhd I am pleased to let you know applications for the Northern Sydney Local Health District and NORTH Foundation grants program are now open to staff across the district. The program is a joint initiative designed to provide access to untied donations for philanthropic purposes. The program will run three times this year with a total of $300,000 to be awarded across a range of projects. Funding for the first round will be allocated to patient services and could include initiatives such as funding for new equipment or service improvements. For more information and to apply, please visit the NORTH Foundation website here: https://bit.ly/3Bjzo4x. To further support our culture of safety, integrity and the CORE values of our organisation, we are rolling out the second phase of the Speaking Up for Safety program known as ‘Safe Behaviours Together’. Safe Behaviours Together involves a new reporting system which allows staff to report on any behaviours, they have experienced or witnessed, that are not in line with our CORE values. It provides an additional confidential channel to raise

concerns where staff are unable to do so directly with colleagues, managers or People and Culture. The Safe Behaviours Together portal is currently being piloted at Ryde Hospital and will be rolled out across the district as services reach 70 per cent of staff trained in Speaking Up for Safety. Speaking Up for Safety training remains the foundation for our safety strategy and if you haven’t already done so, please access it as soon as you can. We understand that unfortunately speaking up is difficult. This reporting system is about keeping you safe, while at the same time saying to all of us – bad behaviour is not acceptable and we all have a responsibility. I would like to give a warm welcome to our new Graduate Health Management Program (GHMP) Trainees who started with us this week – Kimberly Attenborough, Abby Kalac and Peter Sutherland. Over the two years the trainees will be provided opportunities to gain work experience in a number of areas including executive and operational management as well as finance, and will learn from senior health executives across the district. They will also undertake a Master’s Degree in Health Service Management through the University of Tasmania. Finally, I would like to remind you of the importance of us all being cyber security safe. Cyber security is so important it is part of our staff mandatory training. This is about your patient’s safety and I know this is something that is really important to staff. Please watch the short cyber security video to see how you can help us protect our systems and our patients when online - https://bit.ly/3gBxnXL

Deb Willcox Chief Executive Northern Sydney Local Health District



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