County NHS morale ‘high’

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STAFF morale at NHS Derbyshire County remains among the highest throughout the NHS, according to new figures.

More employees are satisfied in their jobs than previously and more than before would recommend the NHS as a good place to work, according to a survey conducted throughout NHS Derbyshire County and Derbyshire Community Health Services.

Results of the 2010 NHS Staff Survey, conducted between October and December last year and published by the Quality Care Commission, show employees remain among the top 20 per cent in the NHS nationally for job satisfaction.

Staff ranked NHS Derbyshire County among the best 20 per cent nationally in 18 out of 38 ‘keys areas’. In the previous survey in 2009, the Trust was ranked in the top 20 per cent in nine key areas.

More workers said they would recommend NHS Derbyshire County as a place for patients to receive treatment than previously, while 70 per cent said hand-washing materials were always available. Both scores were well above the national average. Across the two organisations, 59 per cent of staff responded to the survey.

There was also an increase in the number of staff who would recommend the trust as a place to work or receive treatment, again placing the organisation in the top 20 per cent across the UK.

Amanda Rawlings, Director of Human Resources at NHS Derbyshire County, said: “We are pleased that we are in the top 20 per cent of primary care trusts for 18 of the findings, but we do recognise that there is always room for improvement.

“It’s vital that we listen to the feedback from our people and act upon their suggestions, so we will work hard to improve even further in those areas which have been highlighted by our staff.”