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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.

South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) has been chosen to host a series of focus groups as part of the Government’s review of the Mental Health Act.

The review has been set up to look at how the legislation in the Mental Health Act 1983 is used and how practice can improve. There are concerns that processes are out of step with a modern mental health system and also that rates of detention under the Act are rising, with a disproportionate number of people from black and minority ethnic groups being detained.

The review is seeking the views of service users and carers, relevant professionals and associated organisations.

Its Eating Disorders Awareness week this week and staff from South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s inpatient eating disorder ward at St George’s Hospital in Stafford will be wearing silly socks to mark their support.

Clinicians and researchers with an interest in mother and baby mental health are invited to a two day symposium to be held at St George's Hospital Stafford.  Chaired by Professor Ian Brockington the event will feature international experts from Brazil, Egypt, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK.

Sessions will discuss the use of the Stafford Interview and the worldwide development of the mother and baby mental health specialty.

The event, on 24-25 May 2018 will cost £100 per delegate.

For more information contact: eve.walker@sssft.nhs.uk

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