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Staff at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) are once again reporting high levels of satisfaction with their work at the Trust.

Results from this year’s NHS National Staff Opinion Survey show SSSFT is one of the top performing mental health and learning disability trusts in the country when it comes to motivating and engaging its staff. The overall score for staff engagement at the Trust is 3.88 out of 5 which puts SSSFT in the top ten nationally and in the top four for mental health and learning disability trusts.

The NHS Staff Survey helps NHS organisations identify improvements and successes, and provides staff with a voice to express how they feel about their roles, the organisation, and the quality of care they provide. 63% of SSSFT staff contributed to the survey, only three other trusts in the country had a higher response rate.

SSSFT’s results put the Trust above average for 24 out of the 32 key findings with staff reporting they feel motivated and positive about their ability to contribute to improvements as well as happy to recommend the Trust as a place to work or receive treatment. This is a great achievement for the Trust given the mounting workforce pressures on the NHS in general.

Research evidence has proven that better staff experiences (particularly in relation to wellbeing, job design and the organisation generally) are linked to lower absenteeism and greater patient satisfaction.

Greg Moores, Director of Workforce and Development said, “Our 2017 results show us that we have sustained our positive position from 2016, and overall as a mental health and learning disability trust are one of the best in the country at continuing to engage our workforce positively. We know that in order to deliver the best care, our staff need to feel motivated, valued, engaged and able to contribute to improvements. This is the culture that we continue to embed within our Trust and these results highlight a further increase in staff feeling that our senior managers involve us all in important decisions and act on feedback. We know that there are always areas for improvement, and will continue to support and develop our staff to help us all provide the Perfect Patient Experience“