Mersey Care is leading the transformation of care and the creation of a new culture. There are new policies to support staff in place and there has been a positive shift in expectations. To ensure we share what we have learned, Mersey Care has created a series of free, online training packages which you can access on this page.
Our first two modules are out now and easily viewed online. They are aimed at HR practitioners but are accessible to anyone working with people in organisations. Each module can take 20 minutes to speed through but if you take time to look at the wider resources and videos, do set aside some more time to consider the messages thoroughly. The modules are available with British Sign Language and you can pause them at any point.
The first module is designed to assist HR practitioners and anyone supporting people who are keen to deliver high standards with consistency and objectivity. We tell the story of what happened in one NHS trust, Mersey Care. We look at how being a rules based organisation meant there was a lack of awareness of the psychological harm of some HR processes. This led in a number of cases to serious implications for staff working there. The module says how this can damage a whole trust. It asks how can the organisation learn from this. This module then asks whether this is happening in your organisation and what can be done about it? We go into more detail and ask what about bystanders? Change can be difficult but viewing this session is the start of the journey Mersey Care took. You can take it as well.
In the second module we acknowledge that mistakes can and will happen. We then ask how things not going as expected can affect those HR practices. Does your own HR and patient safety practice support the restorative justice approach? If you take the opportunity to learn there will be benefits to workforce and retention. The module offers several real life scenarios to work through. We consider each example and the effects on staff to reflect on the learning that can come from them. We then look at the wider effects of hurt – the implications for families, the whole organisation and far beyond it.
The third module (coming soon) will then look at how senior leaders and board members must own this process and drive cultural changes so that a just and learning culture can begin to flourish.
You can also learn more about our work with the leading expert in Just Culture. The Trust’s openness was celebrated in 2018 by the respected academic Professor Sidney Dekker. Professor Dekker’s works have become standard texts for organisations across the world who are redefining what accountability means. His powerful and moving film about the challenges faced up to by the Trust and the progress made has been well-received and commended for its boldness in revealing the issues which most other organisations face, but which Mersey Care has been actively addressing.