Event in the Tent
The Event in the Tent is our flagship staff engagement event. Held over three days, the event brings together staff from across the organisation to listen, learn and share to shape the future development of the hospital.
The event launched in 2017 following feedback from staff that they wanted to be more informed about the ongoing developments within the hospital. The three days of the event are themed around the topics that are of importance to the organisation, with the individual sessions being driven by staff. The event is held in a marquee in the middle of the hospital site so that all staff are able to access the sessions of their choosing.
Each year, over 1,300 members of staff came through the doors of the marquee. The three days are filled with a range of external speakers as well as different departments and initiatives found across the hospital. Speakers have included Dr Ron Daniels (CEO of the UK Sepsis Trust), Martin Bromiley (Chair of the Human Clinical Factors Group), Anna Whitehouse (Heart FM presenter, a Flex Appeal campaigner and found of the MotherPukka blog) and the British Nutrition Foundation.
The sessions held across the three days consists of presentations, workshops and even fitness and yoga classes! Feedback from staff regarding the event has been overwhelmingly positive and a real buzz has been created across the hospital as staff were given the autonomy to make changes and have their say on what they want to see.
A number of outcomes have been realised as a result of the event including:
- Launching a new set of values for the organisation – The MK Way;
- Implemented a dedicated staff health and wellbeing service;
- Improved patient flow throughout the hospital;
- Introduced new staff benefits including free tea and coffee and free staff parking;
- Developed a staff coaching service.
Planning for the 2022 event is currently underway with lots of exciting topics to be covered as well as the launch of our next Staff Awards and the celebration of those staff who have worked at the Trust for 25 years or more.