Compassion first as RJAH signs up to recognition scheme

Release Date: 10/02/2017

Compassion first as RJAH signs up to recognition scheme

Staff and patients at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital are being given the chance to say a special thank you to individuals who display compassion.

That is because the Oswestry-based hospital has become the latest organisation to sign up to the Leading with Compassion recognition scheme.

The scheme, which was first established in September 2015, was set up to recognise compassionate leadership and now takes in hospitals across Shropshire and Staffordshire.

Nominations can be submitted quickly and simply online by going to Everyone nominated receives a card with the name of the person to put them forward and their message, as well as a badge featuring RJAH’s own unique Leading with Compassion logo.

It is open to staff and patients – though the majority of nominations in other organisations have come from colleagues nominating other colleagues

Bev Tabernacle, Director of Nursing at RJAH, said: “I am delighted that we have signed up to be a part of the Leading with Compassion recognition scheme.

“I would also like to encourage colleagues to submit a nomination for someone they know at work who has shown special compassion towards them.

“This is not an awards scheme – there are no judges, no shortlists and no winners. Everyone who gets a nomination gets recognition. It takes just a few moments but its impact on the recipient could be huge.

“Compassion is something we should all role model in our day-to-day dealings with our patients and our colleagues,” she added.

“It can sometimes get taken for granted, but it is so important. Giving and receiving compassion effects our wellbeing and performance, and directly impacts on patient experience.”

Jane Rook, the Shropshire and Staffordshire LETC (Local Education and Training Council) Leadership Lead, recruited RJAH to join the compassion scheme.

She said: “This is a simple scheme whereby there is a central point in each organisation where staff, patients and carers can nominate someone who they feel and believe has demonstrated leading with compassion.

“It is open to staff and patients to submit nominations. I know from personal experience that it is a special moment to receive your Leading with Compassion card and badge.

“We have been delighted to see the take-up of the scheme across the region and, in time, would like to see it reach into other parts of the country as well.”

Pictured: Director of Nursing Bev Tabernacle (centre) launches the Leading with Compassion Scheme on Kenyon Ward, along with Staff Nurses Pip Page-Davies and Paul Baker.

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