25 February 2014 – Staff give Airedale Hospital the thumbs up for treatment and as a place to work

Posted on February 25, 2014 by AireAdmin

More employees would recommend Airedale Hospital as a place to work or receive treatment according to this year’s national staff survey 2014.

The latest findings, published today (Tuesday) showed that Airedale NHS Foundation Trust scored better than other’s throughout the country for the number of respondents who said care of patients is the hospital’s top priority, the Trust acts on concerns of service users, and if their friend or relative needed treatment they would be happy with the standard of care provided by the organisation.

The Trust scored better than average, compared to other trusts, for overall staff engagement. This covers staff’s ability to contribute to improvements at work; the extent to which they are motivated and engaged with their team, their work and the hospital; and their willingness to recommend Airedale as a place to work or get treatment. This score is 3.77 out of possible total of 5, compared with the national average of 3.74 and has improved over the past year as the score for 2012 was 3.74.

The areas where Airedale NHS Foundation Trust compares most favourably with other acute trusts are:

  • Availability of hand washing materials
  • 93% of staff believing the Trust provides equal opportunities for career development, progression or promotion
  • Almost three quarters of staff who have had equality and diversity training in the past 12 months
  • The percentage of staff who have experienced harassment, bullying or abuse from other staff
  • The percentage of staff suffering from work-related stress over the last 12 months

The areas where the Trust compares least favourably with other acute trusts including staff feeling they need to come to work when unwell, the number of staff being appraised in the past 12 months is 80 percent (compared to national average of 84 percent) and the number of respondents who felt there was good communications between senior managers and staff.

The Trust will be looking to build on its staff engagement plan to improve communications between senior managers and staff and make sure employees feel recognised and valued for their hard work and the high quality care they provide. All departments at the Trust will be developing their own individual plans to address any issues.

Nick Parker, Head of Human Resources, for Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are really pleased with these results, especially the levels of staff engagement and that more staff would recommend Airedale as a place to work or receive treatment. It is also good to see that the number of staff suffering from work-related stress has reduced and the scores for job satisfaction and effective team working have improved.”

“However, we are never complacent and will be considering how we can improve further, particularly in the areas where we did less well when compared with others.”

The full results of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust’s Staff Survey 2013 are published at¬†www.nhsstaffsurveys.com

The questions in the survey have been structured around the four pledges to staff in the NHS Constitution which cover having clear roles and responsibilities and rewarding jobs which make a difference to patients; personal development; support around their health, wellbeing and safety; engaging them in decisions which affect them their work, staff satisfaction and equality and diversity.