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St Wilfrids' education department provides an excellent programme of training and development that has a strong reputation for providing end of life care education. All courses here are offered to the external market but are available to employees of the Hospice to attend at no cost to the individual. Each member of staff has an annual performance review meeting with their line manager and training and development will be discussed as part of that meeting and on an ongoing basis through the year. External courses are supported where budget allows and they are also able to apply to Help the Hospices (National membership body for hospices) for professional development grants to support the costs of external courses. All employees attend an annual in house training session and other training is set up in response to identified needs e.g. shop managers have recently been trained in dealing with conflict.
All staff are offered the opportunity of the support of the Occupational Health department at the local acute hospital. This can give people advice when suffering long term sickness absence, repeated short term absences or a general health issue that impacts on their work. Support is also made available on site, for example a flu vaccination clinic was recently held at the Hospice to encourage staff to take up the offer of the vaccination without having to travel. The Employee Assistance programme is made available to all staff and offers advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 365 days a year. The service provides telephone counselling, access to face to face counselling and financial advice. The service is funded by the Hospice and is extremely well evaluated by staff who have used it. Staff are also offered the opportunity to access complementary therapy sessions free of charge.
St Wilfrids participate in activities promoted by the Dying Matters coalition which aims to promote increased awareness of the need to discuss issues relating to end of life and encourage everyone to plan for this and discuss their wishes and plans with their loved ones. An additional campaign was launched by Help the Hospices this October and Hospice Awareness Week was marked here by an open afternoon with the theme 'Be Surprised'. This event was held to promote better understanding of hospice care as well as encourage members of the public to discuss end of life issues.
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At least 33% of senior managers are women
On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships
40% of employees with more than 5 years' service
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