On Tuesday 23rd March 2021, we reflected on what the last year had been like for us as individuals, as professionals – and as of course a community.

The year has brought many positives, but some tough times.

It’s been a time of loss for some and joy for others.

It’s hard to put into words just how different the 365 days which we have lived through have been.

From a historical perspective the pandemic will be evaluated for years to come. Those of us who have lived it will have their own perspectives, professionally and personally.

As part of our Day of Reflection, our Executive team visited departments around site – and spoke with colleagues in those teams to find out just what they will remember – and what they will find hard to forget. You have already read the views of those staff who spoke with Dennis Kentrop our MD of DSFS. Article available here –https://www.chesterfieldroyal.nhs.uk/news/life-royal/life-royal-2019/royal-reflects-dsfs-managing-director-dennis-kentrop

Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development Zoe Lintin now shares her experience of speaking with teams which included Macmillan, Medical Records, Suite 9 and Pathology.

Initially Zoe shared her own reflections which will resonate with most teams “I have realised just how important our work family is – sometimes, and certainly during this period, we have seen our work family more than our own family”

Having visited the teams outlined above Zoe commented: “It’s understandable that everyone will have had a different experience of the pandemic, and that has come across through my talks with staff; many focussed on positives such as ways of working cross divisionally with a shared purpose. Flexible working has been a huge positive as has working in different ways – and we’d like to keep doing that wherever possible.

“Virtual working has been one of the main themes discussed by the teams  - and has prompted a mixed reaction; whilst the benefits of virtual working are appreciated by many – some colleagues feel ready now for face to face contact.

“In terms of our Macmillan team their nature of work has continued, with care continuing for patients who have cancer. There have been differences, mainly due to restrictions; no visitors or people able to attend appointments in the way they would normally. The ‘human side’ with the barrier of PPE hugging and comfort has been difficult.

“It has taught us to appreciate the small things in life - who’d have thought we’d be so excited about meeting up with 5 other people? It has certainly taught us to appreciate things that we didn’t normally.

“Communication, and the flow of information, has been excellent but people are tired.

“There are new ways of working – and ways to share decisions across divisions. There is an impact of team working and a different structure to what we’ve had before, and we are looking forward to taking this forward – together”