For the second year running Tameside Hospital is one of the best hospitals in the country to work for according to the results of the NHS national staff survey just published*.
Results were consistently higher than from other trusts as staff rated the hospital a safe, caring and supportive place to work, and 10 per cent higher than the national average as a place staff would recommend to other professionals.
Health experts agree that the NHS Staff Survey is one of the best ways for staff to share their views about their jobs and their Trust. For Tameside Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust the findings of the survey (which were carried out in Autumn 2016) were even more important as 2016 was an exciting but challenging year, which included the transfer in of Community Staff from Stockport NHS Foundation Trust and a significant milestone in the transformation into becoming an Integrated Care Organisation (ICO). In July the hospital also welcomed back Domestic and Portering services which had previously been outsourced to a private provider.
The Staff Survey feedback focused on 32 key areas. They included health and wellbeing, job satisfaction, patient care and experience and support for development. In every category the results were better than the previous year and higher than the national average.
Karen James, Trust Chief Executive believes the results show how far the hospital has come over the last few years. “I believe this survey shows that all our efforts to improve our working environment and improve the provision of patient care is being effective. The task going forward is for us to keep sharing good practice and to keep ensuring that we listen to the views of our staff and provide them with the support they need to continue to make positive changes.
We have always said that Tameside is a learning hospital, which means we look at how we can make improvements and do things better for the benefit of our patients/service users. These results show that this approach is paying dividends. I couldn’t be more proud, ” she adds.
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Notes to Editors
*This is the thirteenth annual survey of NHS staff and is designed to help NHS organisations improve staff experience. The Care Quality Commission will use the results to help make sure essential safety and quality standards are met.
Taking part in the survey is mandatory for all NHS Trusts – foundation trusts, acute and specialist hospital trusts, ambulance service trusts, mental health, community and learning disability trusts – but voluntary for other parts of the NHS such as clinical commissioning groups, social enterprises and commissioning support units