Fifth best in England: Staff give Western Sussex Hospitals a 5-star review

Wednesday March 14, 2018

Western Sussex Hospitals is one the very best hospital trusts in the country to work for, according to the UK’s largest workforce survey.

This year’s NHS Staff Survey also places Western Sussex among the top five trusts in England where employees are most likely to recommend the care their hospitals provide.

More than 300 organisations were surveyed in England, with 485,000 members of NHS staff completing the confidential questionnaire, including 4,000 working in St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals in West Sussex.

Chief executive, Marianne Griffiths, said: “Nobody knows our hospitals better than the people who work in them, so their five-star review is fantastic news for patients and one of the best endorsements we could ever receive.

“I am absolutely thrilled that our hospitals have been ranked fifth best in the country when it comes to how likely staff are to recommend our care to friends or relatives, or rating the organisation as a place to work.

“It is a fact that better engaged staff provide better patient care, so our NHS Staff Survey results are a genuine cause for celebration, especially at a time when pressure on our staff has never been greater.”

The NHS Staff Survey assesses a broad range of staff engagement topics, including how motivated employees feel, how much they can contribute to improvement, as well as levels of stress, health and wellbeing at work.

The anonymous answers from staff at Western Sussex Hospitals have put the organisation among the best 20% of NHS organisations in England in relation to staff engagement.

Questions where the trust ranked among the very best in the country, included:

  • Staff recommendation of the organisation as a place to work or receive treatment
  • Recognition and valuing of staff by managers and the organisation
  • Reporting of good communication between senior management and staff
  • Effective team working
  • Satisfaction with opportunities for flexible working arrangements
  • Organisation and management interest in, and action on, health and wellbeing
  • Belief that the organisation provides equal opportunities for career progression/promotion

The NHS Staff Survey also highlights areas for improvements, and in line with hospitals across the country, staffing shortages, work pressures and working additional hours were all identified as areas of concern at Western Sussex Hospitals.

The survey’s findings will now be used by the trust to further promote recruitment opportunities and help the hospitals to attract new staff. Current opportunities include vacancies for registered nurses, theatre practitioners, middle-grade doctors and for consultants in a number of specialties.

For more information please visit www.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk/jobs

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