TEWV as an employer
We aim to be the best employer we can be and to have skilled, motivated staff providing excellent services. We continue to support and develop our staff so that they are able to provide high quality services and we have introduced new ways of working in several services. Examples of this work include being a Mindful employer and an Investors in People.
Take a look at our staff handbook which provides information and advice for those who are thinking about working with TEWV, as well as those currently working with us.
Looking after our staff's health and wellbeing
The health and wellbeing of our staff is vitally important and we work hard to promote and support this. Find out more about our health and wellbeing initiatives here.
A great place to work
Staff continue to recommend TEWV as a great place to work or receive treatment according to the results of the 2011 NHS national staff survey which were announced in March 2012. This is viewed as the single most important indicator in the annual survey and staff responses continue to place us in the top 20% of mental health/learning disabilities trusts in the country. TEWV was among the
best performing trusts in over half of the 38 areas which were reviewed in the survey.
We're continuously improving services and winning new business
We have an award-winning system for delivering efficiency through clinician-led quality improvements rather than service cuts.
“I know of no other organisation in the UK or Europe that is so comprehensively implementing kaizen (continuous improvement) in a health care setting to the obvious benefit of patients, staff and users of resources. The whole of the NHS needs to follow where TEWV has led.” Sir John Oldham, national clinical lead for
quality and productivity
Our reputation for providing excellent services is helping us regularly to secure new contracts, which enable more people to receive the specialist support they need locally without having to travel outside of our region. Recently these have included providing:
specialist inpatient services for adults and children with eating disorders for the whole of the North East and North Cumbria. These are delivered from our new Northern Centre for Eating Disorders
mental health and learning disability services in Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire
talking therapy services (a partnership contract) in County Durham and Darlington
mental health services in North East prisons (working with Care UK)
a new diagnostic, assessment and treatment service for adults with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) in County Durham
Work for an award winning trust
Our staff and services have been recognised for awards both nationally and internationally.
These awards recognise our success in developing and providing excellent services. Recent awards include being named the Mental Health Service Provider of the Year at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards 2011.
We invest in your training and development
Providing appropriate education, training and development is part of good employment practice and the trust actively encourages training and development of all of its staff. Learning and development supports changes and improvements in patient care, enables staff to take advantage of wider career opportunities and allows staff to realise their potential. Training requirements are identified through the trust’s appraisal process and recorded in each individual’s personal development plan.
All new staff are required to attend the trust’s corporate induction programme and complete local induction no later than 8 weeks from their start date.
The trust has a responsibility to deliver a safe service to patients by ensuring that staff are appropriately qualified and trained and that they continuously update skills and techniques relevant to their work in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act, Standards for Better Health and NHSLA Risk Management Standards for Mental Health and Learning Disability Trusts.
A range of in-house programmes address needs identified in the annual workforce plan and training plan.
We also have a leadership and management development strategy to outline the approach towards leadership and management development activities. It is based upon a belief that a well led and engaged workforce has a positive impact upon the quality of care experienced by the users of our services and provides for greater levels of staff satisfaction with all the benefits entailed.
The trust covers an area rich in history and culture...
...with miles of spectacular coastline, fabulous countryside, acres of ancient woodland and vibrant cities and towns.
Our huge and diverse geographical area includes the North York Moors National Park, two cathedral cities (Durham and Ripon) and two universities (Teesside and Durham).
The area has excellent transport links, having two international airports, the main east coast rail service with London being less than three hours away.
There is a wide range of housing to suit all needs. The area also boasts excellent
independent and state schools for children of all ages.
Our main towns and cities are Durham, Darlington, Middlesbrough, Scarborough,
Whitby, Harrogate and Ripon, and there are numerous smaller seaside and market towns scattered throughout our patch.