STAFF at hospitals run by Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust remain among the most satisfied and motivated in the NHS, a new report reveals.
Results from the 2016 national NHS staff survey, published last week, show that staff at Frimley Park Hospital near Camberley, Wexham Park Hospital in Slough and Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot, rated their job satisfaction and motivation among the top 20% of all NHS hospital workers.
They also rated Frimley Health among the top 20 per cent of all acute trusts when asked whether they would recommend the hospitals as places to work or have treatment.
In total, staff rated the trust as better than average or among the very best in 24 of the survey’s 32 categories.
Janet King, director of HR and corporate services, said: “These results are a brilliant endorsement of the safe, caring and supportive culture we promote at Frimley Health.
“We have always believed that happy staff equals great care so this is fantastic news for our patients as well as our colleagues.”
The latest results show that staff engagement and morale continue to be on an upward trajectory for the trust – just two years on from Frimley Park’s Hospital’s takeover of Wexham Park and Heatherwood hospitals in 2014.
The Care Quality Commission had rated Wexham Park Hospital “inadequate” prior to the takeover. This was raised to “good” after an inspection in 2015 with the Chief Inspector of Hospitals describing it as the most impressive turnaround he had seen.
Ms King said: “These results are an endorsement of the work that we are doing to deliver improvements at our Berkshire hospitals and confirm that we remain on the right track.”
“We take our staff survey results very seriously and use them as an opportunity for positive change. For example, this year’s results indicate we need to focus our attention on staff working extra working hours and encouraging staff to report incidents.”