The COVID-19 pandemic has required all of our staff to be adaptable, flexible and resourceful to an unprecedented extent. This has reinforced the UHB’s vision that many staff, including some in clinical roles, can successfully carry out a range of their normal duties remotely.
Agile working has the potential to benefit both the organisation and individual staff members, as long as the right safeguards are in place and there is appropriate IT infrastructure available to support it. A new Agile Working Framework has been developed to support this.
There is not a ‘one size fits all’ solution to agile working. Managers should ensure that they know their staff and talk to them about how agile working will impact on them and the service they deliver. This framework does not describe what agile working will look like in your area – it allows managers and staff the freedom, within certain parameters, to discuss and agree suitable service, team and individual arrangements and highlights some of the benefits and risks to take into consideration when putting these arrangements in place. Embedding a culture of trust and mutual respect is essential to realise the benefits of agile working and is entirely consistent with the Values of Cardiff & Vale UHB and the Core Principles of NHS Wales.