Developing impact within the NHS. We are all aware that the NHS operates within a VUCA world. VUCA is an acronym for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. When something is stated to be complex it can be said to have many interconnected variables. These variables may be overwhelming and it can be hard to find the right amount of data to make decisions. When you are in a volatile situation the rate of change can be unpredictable, and lack of clarity – a facing of the ‘unknown, unknowns’ can often paralyse decision making. This can be exasperated by uncertainty that surrounds the present.
What’s required to survive in an environment, which is extremely diverse and constantly changing, is agility and understanding exactly how you influence change. This means that employees, and their leaders, whether at the beginning of their career or nearing the end of it; need to be able to understand and navigate the impact that they can make in their roles and on each other.
It was on that note that fellow Change Maker Nicky Carew and I, were asked to present an interactive workshop at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT), as part of the events that they were running during National Apprenticeship Week.
Our workshop’s aim was to help develop the Trust’s apprentices’ ability to deliver their maximum personal and team impact. It was a fun event and the apprentices were able to immediately put their learning into action. They saw the need to have a common language for change and how to balance out a team’ proclivities so that the team would be high performing and effective.
Developing impact within the NHS.
The Apprenticeship Fair is one of the ways that the GSTT prepares its apprentices. This year’s theme was ‘Look Beyond’. The aim of the fair was to look beyond stereotypes and discover the diversity of opportunities available.
The GSTT takes their apprenticeship scheme seriously, and the apprentices we talked to spoke highly about their experiences and often broke out into spontaneous smiles! That was encouraging to see, and says much about the scheme.
You can find out more about the GSTT Apprenticeship Scheme by clicking below.
We were delighted to be a part of Apprenticeship Week and wish all the apprentices luck in their chosen careers.