24th July 2019 Elaine Fallon – Saolta University Health Care Group Lead – Staff Engagement & Wellbeing
I caught up with Elaine at the launch of the Staff Recognition Awards in Mayo University Hospital, and I asked her about her new role in the Saolta University Health Care Group. Elaine previously worked in the National Quality Improvement Division and is enjoying her new role as the Saolta University Health Care Group Lead – Staff Engagement & Wellbeing, focusing on Staff Engagement in the Saolta Group, with particular emphasis on ‘Dignity at Work’, the ‘Work Positive’ agenda and of course engaging with staff in all services.
Elaine said the Executive Leadership Team in Saolta are very much behind the whole Staff Engagement and Wellbeing concept. Elaine has hit the ground running and since January this year has visited all 7 hospital sites to meet with some of the different staff groups, with this work continuing throughout the year. She has been facilitating focus groups with staff, helping them to analyse areas for improvement in their work, to focus on solutions to their identified issues and to bring these to local management with a view to implementation. As Elaine said “It is the front line staff that are able to see solutions to identified issues in their own areas”.
Elaine has been working with staff in Mayo University Hospital since 2017, primarily as a member of their Patient & Family Engagement Committee, but also since 2018, as a resource for the Mayo Staff Engagement Forum. She was delighted to support the Mayo Hospital Staff Engagement Team and attend their launch day. She said that “the Mayo Staff Engagement Forum established a set of values that resonates with all the staff in Mayo General Hospital and I believe at the heart of that is their campaign ‘what matters to us’ and their 8 identified values, one of which is being mindful of how our words and actions affect others. I have met wonderful staff here today and can see the commitment by all the members in progressing the Staff Engagement agenda. I would also like to mention the great support given by the Hospital General Manager, Catherine Donohue and A/HR Manager Bernadine McGlade.”
We wish Elaine well in her new role and look forward to catching up with her again. Elaine is also an active member of the National Staff Engagement Forum.