Public Sector: Moorfields reviews staff comms

Moorfields Eye Hospital has hired Blue Rubicon to assess its internal communications and advise on how to publicise its foundation trust status to staff.

The famous London hospital - which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year - was given more autonomy after gaining the status in April 2004.

The new management structure means all staff have become members of the trust, headed by a membership board. It is designed to involve employees in decision-making on the future of the hospital, such as for new facilities and service developments.

'There is more emphasis on involving staff in decision-making and it is important to get them to buy into the choices made on the future of the hospital,' said a spokeswoman.

The hospital also plans to step up internal comms around the NHS's Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) agenda, which encourages patients to have a say in the delivery of services.

Blue Rubicon will interview staff at Moorfields' 11 sites, as well as employees at related organisations in the private sector. It also plans to review its publications and the intranet.

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