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Trust Celebrates National Award Shortlist

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Nicole Ferguson

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust’s Staff Engagement Team are celebrating after being shortlisted for a national award.

Representatives from the Trust’s dedicated Staff Engagement Team will be attending a glittering awards ceremony at the InterContinental Hotel, Park Lane London on 28th September, where they will receive an Award of Excellence from the Institute of Internal Communications.

The team will hopefully also scoop the Best Engagement category, for their innovative work in developing and establishing their own staff engagement model, ‘Go Engage’, which led to the development of a staff survey and organisational culture analytics IT system called ‘Xopa’.

The Institute of Internal Communications (IoIC) Awards 2018 Chair, Justine Stevenson stated: “Once again I am very impressed with the quality of entry which, in some classes, made the judges’ jobs extremely difficult. We continue to look for evidence of clear objectives and relevant measurement – as well as creativity and innovation – demonstrating that excellent IC work is demonstrably contributing to business success.

Nicole Ferguson, Deputy Director of Organisational Development at WWL said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award from the Institute of Internal Communications (IoIC) for our digital initiative to improve employee engagement.  To be shortlisted alongside such organisations as Nationwide Building Society and Danske Bank is a real coup for WWL.”

“We believe passionately in our IT platform, Xopa, and our employee engagement programme ‘Go Engage’, and have seen the positive impact it has made to organisational culture.”

“We are proud that the IT platform we developed is now helping to make a positive difference to many more workplaces across the country.”

“The evidence of application and utilisation of this digital engagement initiative showed without any doubt that the analysis of the information really counted in improvements to the work of the Trust for patients and looking after its own people”.

WWL, Staff Engagement Manager, Rachel Holden, added: “I’m delighted that ‘Go Engage’ and our Xopa system have been recognised by the IoIC.  The system has given us real insight about how our staff are feeling, in a way that is easy to understand, enabling us to target our actions where they are really needed.”


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