Success for Podiatry at the Chartered institute of Personnel and Development Awards

23/05/2019

The HSCNI Podiatry succession-planning programme has won the Best Talent Management Initiative at the prestigious CIPD NI HR awards ceremony held at Titanic Belfast.

The recent event celebrated the contribution of HR and people management across the private and public sector.

The podiatry application focussed on the innovative delegate led design of the course, the partnership working with the CEC Leadership centre and the fantastic outcomes achieved.  There were a record number of entries from a diverse array of organisations ranging from local businesses to multinational organisations so HSCNI podiatry services were delighted to be shortlisted.

The judges believed the podiatry succession programme is ‘a true example of working in collaboration with key internal stakeholders and customers, to achieve success with business need always at the forefront of any decisions taken.’

On presenting the Best Talent Management Initiative the judges said that

‘they were impressed by this innovative talent management approach to addressing key workforce planning and organisational issues which had a demonstrable positive impact and set new standards for good practice in its field of practice which had suffered from years of lack of investment.’

The judges believed the podiatry succession programme was a true example of working in collaboration with key internal stakeholders and customers, to achieve success with the business need always at the forefront of any decisions taken.

Podiatry managers from the five trusts across Northern Ireland commissioned the bespoke eleven-month podiatry succession programme. The programme-targeted podiatrists currently working in clinical specialist roles (Band 6). The aim of the course was to create a culture where individuals were people are encouraged and supported to recognise and reach their own potential develop their leadership skills maximise the pool of high quality applicants for advanced podiatry roles and principal podiatry roles.

A number of strategic drivers influenced the need to expedite the development of future leaders. A recent workforce review identified that a number of senior podiatry roles will become vacant over the next 5-10 years and recent investment in the new diabetes foot pathway will require a significant movement in the podiatry workforce.

A number of courses already exist to develop leaders in healthcare; however, none of these courses are profession specific and are delivered on the premise that staff will already have experience of leading teams.

The programme was designed following an intensive two-day diagnostic event that enabled the delegates to identify their own areas of strength and future development.  This innovative approach to course design ensured the delegates were engaged in the course from the outset. The novel bespoke programme equipped the delegates with the required skill set to reach their full potential and develop collective leadership across HSCNI.