During 90 Days of Innovation: Ready Every Day, a new cellular model starting with Human Resources was trialed on several nursing units at Royal University Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital.

One intent of the new cellular model is to better support managers with their human resource needs, ensuring that the right person is doing the right work. The new model will place Human Resources professionals directly on the units to assist unit managers in handling their human resource needs such as hiring, labour relations issues and facilitation of employees returning to work.

“We are carefully finding the right balance between doing and advising,” says Mike Northcott, Director of Human Resources. “As with any new process, we are being mindful to review and revise as we go.”

Mike Northcott, Director of Human Resources, addresses managers and leaders at Saskatoon City Hospital during one of the feedback sessions.

Mike Northcott, Director of Human Resources, addresses managers and leaders at Saskatoon City Hospital during one of the feedback sessions.

Human Resources hosted three one-hour orientation and feedback sessions at the three Saskatoon hospitals last week. The sessions were well-attended and a lot of good discussion was generated.

“We know this is the right direction as we are seeing successes on the trial units with managers finding more time to be with their team on the unit,” Northcott says. “But we want to keep the conversations going and address concerns managers and other leaders may have as we expand this model into new areas, which is why we hosted these sessions.”

The goal is to replicate the new model throughout the Region once it is ready.