Learning opportunities for staff at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital will now be more accessible following a collaboration between unions and management.
The hospital’s governing trust and Unison have developed and signed a Lifelong Learning Partnership Agreement along with the other unions that represent staff.
Under the agreement, trained Union Learning Representatives (ULRs), one from each of the trust staff side union branches will work with staff to help them to identify learning needs and then take this further by setting up informal learning opportunities.
These learning opportunities will be designed to complement the formal learning offerings that continue to be set up by the trust’s Workforce Development and Education Team.
Participants who undertake training will get to train with colleagues that they would not normally work alongside but those that have common interests.
“ Learning in this way can break down any perceived barriers and encourage staff to build relationships.
“The partnership recognises that learning in this way supports staff to unlock their potential and that, by identifying common development needs and making appropriate training more accessible, will encourage staff to continue with lifelong learning opportunities.
Darren Barber, Unison Representative, said of the partnership: “We recognised that there was a need to bring something in to support staff development at the trust.
“Many people can feel discouraged to learn outside of their day to day roles – because of the cost or lack of facilities and time.
“Lifelong learning will allow staff at all levels to engage, it helps the trust’s humanresources department and utilises grant money in addition to following the concept of Learning for Life, a social partnership forum campaign.
“I would also like to acknowledge the investment of time and effort from the Trust’s Workforce Development and Education team who worked hard to set the Lifelong Learning Agreement up.”
Kay Perry-Pears, assistant director of workforce development, said: “This agreement allows us to create and embed a learning culture for all staff at the Trust, so that everybody can easily tap into development opportunities.”