Published: Thursday, September 28th, 2017
Chair Blog: investing in tomorrow
It takes people from all walks of life, regardless of age, belief or background, to make what we do here at the Golden Jubilee possible. It is because of this, I am delighted to say, that just weeks after receiving the Gold Award for our commitment to the Armed Forces, we recently became the first NHS organisation to achieve the Investors in Young People Gold accreditation.
We have been part of the Investors in Young People programme since it was established in 2014, and from day one we have always aimed to achieve the highest accreditation possible.
The framework recognises our work across three key areas of youth employment. Specifically: attraction and recruitment; support and development; and retention.
These are measured against a three-stage scale, covering whether we have principles and practices in place, through to our management of young people being integrated into our culture.
I believe that the key to our success is the inclusive attitude we have towards every member of staff; this is supported by a range of robust policies and procedures to ensure that our teams are involved in everything we do as an organisation.
The Investors in Young People framework provides a fantastic way for us to measure our success, address any issues, and enable us to continuously improve across our services.
The young people we have working across our services bring an amazing energy and enthusiasm to teams, offering fresh perspectives and new ideas.
We know that it is only by embracing this culture, and allowing young people to reach their full potential, that we will be able to continue to deliver the highest possible standard of care for the people of Scotland. And that will only stand us in good stead as we continue to grow our services in the years ahead as part of our hospital expansion programme.