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The Armed Forces Covenant

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to those individuals who currently serve, our Reservists and those veterans who are key members of our society by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

The strong relationship between NHSGGC and the UK Armed Forces is greatly valued, with the Health Board already working to support employees who also are Reservists.

The Board also welcomed assistance from the Armed Forces during the pandemic, particularly logistical support and advice to set up testing and vaccination programmes in the fight against COVID-19.

By signing the Covenant, NHSGGC pledged its commitment to supporting armed forces veterans, recognising the value they contribute and acknowledging that serving personnel and military families should be treated with fairness and respect.

Our Covenant pledges can be found here.

Are you a member of the Volunteer Reserve Forces or a Regular Reservist working in NHSGGC?

The regular training that the Reserve Forces undertake brings essential skills into the workplace such as leadership, communication, team working and organisational ability, which ultimately lead to improved performance in the workplace.

The Reserve Forces Training Policy is an established National NHS Scotland policy within our suite of workforce policies and we hope that we can be confident that all NHS Scotland employers are treating their staff who are members of the Reserve Forces equally. Further information is available on the Workforce Policies page of HR Connect.

To help us to ensure you are aware of the support that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde can offer, we would ask you to register with the Board Contact: Diana Hudson, Staff Governance Adviser, Diana.Hudson@ggc.scot.nhs.uk.

When registering, we ask that you complete the Reservists Registration Form and submit this to the Board Contact. By completing these details, we’re able to securely hold your contact details to update you on any changes to policy, process or any other information in relation to NHS Reserve Forces staff.

Staff Governance is a term which describes the framework for managing employees inside NHS Scotland. The commitments surrounding the framework, are in place to ensure all staff have a positive experience at work, where they feel motivated and engaged with their role, team and the Board.

If you have any Staff Governance queries please contact Diana Hudson, Staff Governance Advisor: diana.hudson@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

National Staff Governance information can be found at www.staffgovernance.scot.nhs.uk

What is Staff Governance

Staff Governance is defined as: “a system of corporate accountability for the fair and effective management of all staff”

Staff Governance can be measured through assurance that the Staff Governance Standard commitments are being met, and this is assessed locally via the Staff Governance Committee of each Board.

Staff Governance Standard

The Staff Governance Standard sets out what each NHSScotland employer must achieve in order to continuously improve in relation to the fair and effective management of staff. Click on the links for more information.

There are 5 Staff Governance Standard commitments set out what staff can expect from their NHS Scotland Board, and they are that staff should be:

  • Well informed
  • Appropriately trained and developed
  • Involved in decisions
  • Treated fairly and consistently, with dignity and respect, in an environment where diversity is valued
  • Provided with a continuously improving and safe working environment, promoting the health and wellbeing of staff, patients and the wider community.

However, the Standard also sets out corresponding responsibilities for staff (at any level within the organisation). Staff should:

  • Keep themselves up to date with developments relevant to their job within the organisation
  • Commit to continuous personal and professional development
  • Adhere to the standards set by their regulatory bodies
  • Actively participate in discussions on issues that affect them either directly or via their trade union/professional organisation
  • Treat all staff, patients and service users with dignity and respect while valuing diversity
  • Ensure that their actions maintain and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of all staff, patients, service users and carers.

These dual commitments are in place to ensure all staff have a positive experience at work, where they feel motivated and engaged with their role, team and the Board.

NHSGGC Staff Governance Committee assesses how well the Board is complying with these Standards.

National Staff Governance information can be found at www.staffgovernance.scot.nhs.uk.

Staff Governance Committee

The Staff Governance Committee (SGC) is a standing committee of each NHS Board which, together with the Clinical Governance Committee and Audit Committee, forms the full governance framework for NHS Boards. 

The purpose of the Staff Governance Committee is to provide assurance to the Board that NHSGGC meets its obligations in relation to Staff Governance under the National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Act 2004 and the Staff Governance Standard. The Staff Governance Committee is a Standing Committee of the Board.

The Committee ensures that structures and policies are in place to provide assurance that all staff are:

  • Well informed
  • Appropriately trained and developed
  • Involved in decisions
  • Treated fairly and consistently, with dignity and respect, in an environment where diversity is valued
  • Provided with a continuously improving and safe working environment, promoting the health and wellbeing of staff, patients and the wider community.

Each Health and Social Care Partnership, Acute Services and Corporate Directorate have their own Staff Governance arrangements and structure.

The Staff Governance Committee meets four times per year to review and as part of each Committee meeting, speakers provide assurance that structures, actions and processes are in place to meet the Standard.

The NHSGGC Staff Governance Committee is co-chaired by Alan Cowan (Non-Executive Director) and Ann Cameron-Burns (Employee Director).

Approved minutes of Staff Governance Committee meetings can be accessed via the NHSGGC Board papers page or by emailing ggc.staffexperience@ggc.scot.nhs.uk.

Further Information

Employee engagement is the emotional commitment employees have to the organisation and the organisation’s goals. Engaged employees genuinely care about their work, the products and service they offer, as well as the organisation they represent. When employees are truly engaged, they strive for excellence and often go above and beyond expectations to support the delivery of goals. 

Engaged employees results in enhanced service, quality and productivity which in turn leads the delivery of organisational objectives, and within NHSGGC, relates specifically to effective delivery of our Corporate Objectives: 

  • Better Health  
  • Better Care 
  • Better Value 
  • Better Workplace.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the Armed Forces

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to those individuals who currently serve, our Reservists and those veterans who are key members of our society by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

The strong relationship between NHSGGC and the UK Armed Forces is greatly valued, with the Health Board already working to support employees who also are Reservists.

The Board also welcomed assistance from the Armed Forces during the pandemic, particularly logistical support and advice to set up testing and vaccination programmes in the fight against COVID-19.

By signing the Covenant, NHSGGC pledged its commitment to supporting armed forces veterans, recognising the value they contribute and acknowledging that serving personnel and military families should be treated with fairness and respect.

Our Covenant pledges can be found here.

Staff experience takes account of a staff members full employment journey, from being a prospective candidate right up the point they leave an organisation.

As an employer, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) wants to ensure all staff have a positive experience at work, through:

  • Ensuring visibility of, and access to, the right people and the right information at the right times
  • Developing capability, inspire ownership, accountability and trust at all levels, and empowering the workforce
  • Ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion to continuously establish a fairer workplace for all
  • Creating and embedding two-way, feedback rich conversations throughout the organisation
  • Encouraging a culture of excellence, celebrate success, benchmark against world class standards.

The Staff Experience team work in a number of areas, to ensure NHSGGC staff to have the most positive experience. The key areas of work and contact details for the team are outlined below.

The Staff Experience Team 

Our Staff Experience team is committed to growing an inclusive organisation, where every employee is treated fairly and consistently, with dignity and respect.  

The team consists of the following members and you can contact them via the buttons below:

Further Information