I visited 17 services last week and was particularly impressed when I went to our Willesden Lane service in Brent. Staff were about to take all of the people they support, who are wheelchair users with profound and multiple learning disabilities, onto London Underground and up the Shard, one of Europe’s tallest buildings. I’ve since heard that they all had a great time so well done to all.
We have prepared a report on our Driving up Quality self assessment day which took place a few weeks ago and we will be circulating it next week. One of the key themes that came up is that CMG doesn’t do enough to recognise and appreciate long service by staff members. We have discussed this with our staff representatives and as a result will be introducing a new scheme in January 2016 where we will write to each person when they reach 5, 10 and 15 years service thanking them and giving them a gift voucher. The value of the gift voucher will increase with length of service. Unfortunately, an added complication is that our friends at the Inland Revenue treat this as a taxable benefit which seems rather mean spirited. However we will be paying for these gift vouchers/tax by cancelling a staff discount card which virtually no-one in CMG has taken advantage of because the process for using it was too time consuming.
We are also in the process of planning our Annual Staff Awards which will take place in a prestigious hotel in London Kensington in November. This is an annual event where we recognise staff who have made outstanding achievements in any of the following categories:
Team of the year
Manager of the year
Deputy Manager of the year
Lead Support Worker of the year
Support Worker of the year
Night staff of the year
Excellence in social inclusion
Excellence in inclusive communication
Excellence in promoting employment
Excellence in positive behaviour support
Best contribution from head office
Outstanding contribution to CMG
All winners and runners up will be treated to an evening of celebration with a 3 course meal, disco and trophy to recognise their achievements and will be able to bring a CMG colleague with them to the event. Staff, people we support, families and external professionals can nominate a staff member. If you would like to submit a nomination, please email email@example.com for a nomination form.