Human Resources and Skill Development

The National Federation of Voluntary Bodies in its human resources work focuses on both employee and volunteer supports. It seeks to ensure that its member organisations are kept abreast of employment and industrial relations related developments and initiatives related to supporting volunteering.
 

Employee Supports

Background

There are many benefits to organisations of having a strong human resource strategy in place – mainly provision of a clear sense of organisational direction, sharing of resources and knowledge amongst employees, better equipped, motivated and developed staff and ultimately the provision of a better quality service to those accessing services.

Both the National Federation Strategic Human Resources Sub Committee and the Operational Human Resources Group are key fora for the sharing of information and best practice on key human resources related issues and initiatives. Group members are involved in a range of activities aimed at promoting the interests of member organisations in the context of new developments and changes occurring within the health sector. The Groups aim to provide a forum through which issues can be discussed, information shared and positions developed on key human resource matters. 


Work Activities

Our ability to deliver quality services in the current environment is heavily dependent on the commitment and skills of staff working within services. The human resource development activities of the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies are designed to support service delivery through ensuring that staff have the necessary skills, there are effective employment policies and practices in place within organisations and that organisations are supported in key employment related areas. The changes that are taking place in the operational environment are forcing organisations to review the way they have been providing services and to determine how service levels can be maintained in the context of reduced resources. Employees are vital to the success of organisations in addressing the current pressures.

The following section provides an overview of some of the key human resource related activities that the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies is involved in during 2014:


Strategic Human Resources Sub-Committee / Operational HR Group:

To support the Strategic Human Resources Sub-Committee & Operational Human Resources Group in the implementation of their terms of reference.

Key Actions, 2014:

  • To implement the agreed aims of the groups through arranging quarterly meetings during 2014.
  • To provide regular inputs regarding national developments, upcoming events, funding opportunities, human resource related developments.
  • To provide opportunities for members to share information in relation to key human resource related initiatives/ projects that they are engaged in at local level.
  • To review the programme of work undertaken by both groups at year-end.

 

Industrial Relations Support:

The National Federation of Voluntary Bodies will continue during 2014 to provide support to its member organisations in relation to national deliberations regarding terms / conditions of employment for staff. The National Federation of Voluntary Bodies will also continue to monitor the position in relation to industrial relations matters of relevance to member organisations and to respond as required.

Key Actions, 2014:

Specifically this will include:
 

  • Providing support to representatives who sit on national committees on behalf of the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies member organisations.
  • Supporting organisations in relation to key industrial relations issues / national agreements.
  • Gathering information from member organisations in relation to key issues under consideration so a national picture / shared position can be developed.

 

HSE:

To liaise with the HSE to ensure HR personnel are fully informed on human resource related matters.

Key Actions, 2014:
 

  • Throughout 2014 the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies will continue to liaise with the HSE Human Resources Directorate to ensure that all National Federation members are updated on new developments as introduced by the HR Directorate.
  • The National Federation of Voluntary Bodies will work closely with Corporate Employee Relations Service, HSE, which is a representative body for health service employers, which aims to promote the development of improved human resource practices within the health service. It also represents and supports employers in the management of industrial relations.
  • The National Federation of Voluntary Bodies will hold regular meetings with key personnel from Corporate Employee Relations Services with the aim of ensuring that human resource practitioners from across member organisations are updated regarding changes in employment legislation and policy related developments.
  • The National Federation will nominate representatives to the National Joint Council and the Joint Information & Consultation Forum to ensure that the interests of the sector are represented at national level with the HSE.

 

Health & Safety / Employee Wellbeing:

To support health and safety / employee wellbeing issues within National Federation member organisations.

Key Actions, 2014:

This initiative will seek to support the Working Group which was established in 2009 to focus on the key areas of health, safety and employee wellbeing. Key areas to be included as part of the work plan include:
 

  • Networking and developing links between health & safety personnel across Federation member organisations.
  • Compiling a listing of existing health and safety related policies / documents / resource materials within agencies which maybe shared with others.
  • Developing links with the Health & Safety Authority - specifically the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies will work with the HSA on the implementation of its Five Year Plan for the Healthcare Sector 2011-2014.
  • Evaluation / reviewing the work of the group on an on-going basis.

 

Vhi Corporate Solutions – EAP:

To liaise with Vhi Corporate Solutions in relation to the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Group Scheme for National Federation member organisations which was established in 2010. The role of the EAP is to provide a workplace focused programme to assist in the identification and resolution of employee concerns that may affect work performance. It further allows management access to practical and emotional support that is invaluable at times when the ability of individuals or teams to cope is under strain.

Key Actions, 2014:

  • To ensure that best value is secured for National Federation members who are members of the EAP which has been established with Vhi Corporate Solutions and that the Programme is responsive to the needs of member organisations.
  • To review the operation of the EAP on an annual and to liaise with Vhi Corporate Solutions in relation to further developments and enhancements of the EAP.

 

Garda Vetting - Staff & Volunteers

To ensure National Federation member organisations have appropriate procedures in place for Garda vetting of staff and volunteers.


Key Actions, 2014:

• To ensure that all National Federation of Voluntary Bodies members undertake garda vetting for staff and volunteers within their organisation and have the necessary policy and procedures in place.
• To liaise with personnel from the Garda Central Vetting Unit to ensure that National Federation members have access to a timely Garda vetting process.
• To address the issues of concern as identified by National Federation of Voluntary Bodies members in relation to Garda vetting.

 

 

Skill Development 

Skill development remains a significant area of work within the overall brief of the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies Secretariat – this brief incorporates a range of initiatives focused on capacity building and professional skills development.  The National Federation of Voluntary Bodies, within its overall aims, seeks to support the development of world class services and key to this is ensuring that staff have the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to support those that they are working with.  The National Federation aims to provide training and networking opportunities at an inter-organisational level, thus supporting organisations to come together and undertake training on a collective / shared basis.
 

 Background

The training and development initiatives of the National Federation are focused on supporting the on-going development and skill enhancement of personnel employed across National Federation of Voluntary Bodies member organisations. In a time of constant change, a focus on a comprehensive and strategic approach to the development of training, learning and education initiatives is paramount.  The National Federation of Voluntary Bodies continues to develop links with the HSE Performance and Development Function which aims to develop a high performance culture and a highly competent and motivated workforce within the HSE to ensure efficiency and excellence in service delivery.

 

Work Activities

The programme of work outlined within Service Plan 2014 aims to build on the work undertaken by the National Federation Secretariat in recent years to support those with a learning and development brief across member organisations. The following are the specific training and development actions to be undertaken during 2014:
 

Learning-on-Line Working Group:

The Learning-on-Line Working Group which was established in late 2009 aims to support organisations to explore and develop options in relation to elearning as a blended learning approach.

Key Actions, 2014:

  • To implement the recommendations arising from the evaluation report on the 'Back Care & Manual Handling (Refresher) Module' which was developed and piloted in 2012 / early 2013.
  • To amend the module materials and make the on-line module available to all interested Federation members.

 

Front Line Managers Training Programme - ‘Managing for the Future: Building your Skills as a Front Line Manager in a Person Centred Environment’:

To enhance the capacity of Front Line Managers in intellectual disability services to effectively carry out their role and to contribute to the human resource function within their organisation in partnership with key stakeholders.

Key Actions, 2014:

During 2014 the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies will run a further cycle of the front line managers training programme - ‘Managing for the Future: Building your Skills as a Front Line Manager in a Person Centred Environment’. The programme will be delivered in conjunction with personnel from The Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick (UL). The programme will be accredited as a Certificate in Management (Intellectual Disability), Level 6, National Framework of Qualifications.

Specifically the Programme will aim:

• To enhance and clarify learners’ understanding of their role as a front line manager.
• To develop a specific set of skills and competencies required by front line managers and to build their confidence in their role.
• To develop learners' people management skills and knowledge of relevant human resource policies and procedures and employment law.
• To develop managers’ people management skills and ability to lead a team.
• To develop knowledge and practical skills in managing change.
• To provide a basis from which participants can progress onto further (accredited) training programmes.
 

Training Courses:

To organise a range of training and development related programmes for National Federation members.

Key Actions, 2014:

• During 2014 the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies will organise a series of short-term training and development programmes which have been identified as priority areas by National Federation members. These programmes will be aimed at developing specific skills sets for staff working within National Federation member organisations.

 

HSE - Performance & Development:

To liaise with the HSE Performance & Development section on key training and development related actions as they arise.

Key Actions, 2014:

• To continue to liaise with personnel from the HSE Performance & Development Function in the implementation of training and learning initiatives aimed at supporting employee development within National Federation member organisations.
• To support the expansion of the HSE Learning Centre and to encourage National Federation member organisations to utilize the Learning Centre as a blended approach to learning and to complement other forms of learning occurring within organisations.

 

 

Volunteering Supports
 

Volunteering is an integral part of community activity within the member organisations of the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies, reducing the levels of social isolation and exclusion often experienced by people with intellectual disabilities within their own community. The National Federation Volunteering Sub-Committee expertly supports the planning and prioritisation of volunteering needs identified by member organisations, whilst informing the Board of Directors on priority issues, key challenges and recommendations in respect of volunteering at a local & national level.

 

The National Federation carried out a survey on volunteerism across member organisations - click here to download the report

 

 

 

Further Information

For further information on the training and development related activities of the National Federation, please contact our Human Resource Training & Development Co-Ordinator, Jillian Sexton, Tel: 091-792316.
 

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