Online induction scheme gives control to NHS staffOn 24 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article HR staff across the NHS are being encouraged to place more emphasis on theirown career development with the launch of a new computer-based nationalinduction programme. The Department of Health (DoH) hopes all 7,000 HR staff across the NHS willeventually complete the induction process, which produces an individuallytailored personal development plan for every user. The programme helps new recruits and existing HR staff understand theculture and identity and the priorities of the NHS, as well as advising them ontraining and career development. Ann Green, project manager at the DoH’s HR directorate, said the scheme hadbeen so successful that a generic version for all staff is now underdevelopment. “It’s a right and responsibility for HR staff to consider their owncareer development. Everybody in the NHS should know about the culture andvalues of the organisation,” she said. The programme, which is the first of its kind in the NHS, is divided by jobrole and staff can work through the four modules at their own pace and currentlevel of knowledge. The move is designed to help build a stronger HR function across the NHSafter research by the service suggested that sophisticated people managementcan help reduce patient mortality. The induction is part of the service’s overall strategy to create ‘HR withattitude’ and has received the backing of NHS HR director Andrew Foster. “This programme is very impressive and is an important part of ourstrategy to develop and promote good HR with attitude,” he said. The web-based induction programme consists of an introductory module to helpfamiliarise new staff and three separate learning modules. Dean Royles, head of the HR capacity unit at the DoH said it would helpbuild the profession and develop strategic capability. “HR in the NHS has a huge [change] agenda ahead of it and this helps inmaking connections between the profession and patient and service issues.”By Ross Wigham Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.