News and Notices

Leadership development - what's new this week

Finance Q and A session

  • Wednesday 24 November 10.30am - 11.30am

This Q and A session is for anyone to join who has a question regarding finance within DCHS. There will be a small team from Finance attending, who will be happy to answer any queries you may have.

The panel members will be Catherine Easton, Michelle Mawer, Dawn Marsden, David Gray, Nicola Steenson and Sarah Harrison.

There are many areas of finance which can be covered, for example:

  • Budget management
  • Charitable funds
  • Use of Oracle
  • Petty cash
  • VAT
  • Authorised signatories.

Please note that Finance department do not have responsibility for payroll or pensions so unfortunately will be unable to answer individual queries on these topics.

If you would like a place on this session, please book via ESR or email

Managing Team Conflict / Managing Difficult Conversations

  • Thursday 2nd December (9am – 12.30pm)
  • Tuesday 18th January (9am – 12.30pm)

Opening up difficult conversations and dealing with them effectively can be very challenging, time-consuming and energy-sapping.  This course will teach the skills and techniques to deal effectively with problem behaviour in a direct but non-confrontational manner.  The focus of this session will be on identifying and managing specific behaviours in order to build productive relationships and boost performance.

Participants will learn strategies to: 

  • Identify different personalities and behaviour patterns
  • Understand how they respond to challenging situations
  • Put into practise a structure to handle difficult conversations
  • Manage a range of difficult issues, including underperformance and low morale

If you would like a place on this session, please book via ESR or email

NHS England and NHS Improvement - anti-bullying week 15 - 19 November

Anti-bullying week 2021 will be taking place from Monday 15 - Friday 19 November and this year’s theme is one kind word.

NHS England and NHS Improvement are pleased to share details of the next Wellbeing Wednesday session, which will be brought to you by the Civility and Respect programme.  These sessions are intended for those who have a role in supporting the wellbeing of our NHS people, or who are keen to hear more about the national programmes of work.

The theme for the session on 10 November is “Understanding how civility and respect underpins a culture of kindness and compassion”.  This is the first of a “Compassionate and positive cultures in the NHS series” covering four events throughout November to promote kindness and help support civility and respect in the NHS to help colleagues:

  • Understand what kindness, compassion and a positive culture looks like
  • Spread awareness of civility and respect and empower NHS staff to help eliminate bullying and harassment
  • Inform the NHS workforce what support is available to promote civil and respectful workplace environments
  • Provide diagnostic tools to help organisations benchmark and take action

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