Hospital bosses commend 'committed and dedicated' staff

Bosses at Southampton’s teaching hospitals have praised the "unwavering commitment and dedication" of staff during a year which saw one of the most pressurised winter periods for a century.

The comments follow recent publication of the Care Quality Commission’s 2010 NHS staff survey, where results for Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust showed 90% of staff feel their role makes a difference to patients.

In addition, more than three quarters said they feel valued by their colleagues and the Trust is rated in country’s top 20% for strong teamwork and good communication between senior management and the workforce.

Almost 60% of staff would recommend hospitals Southampton General and the Princess Anne and hospice Countess Mountbatten House as places of work against a national average of just over half (55%).

"We are extremely proud of the positive results achieved in the latest staff survey, which have improved on last year and means we remain among the fastest improving university hospital trusts in England for staff satisfaction," said Mark Hackett, chief executive of SUHT.

"In a year in which our staff have faced one of the toughest winter periods, with a combination of severe weather-related injuries, unprecedented numbers of flu cases and widespread seasonal sickness stretching capacity, as well as a strain on NHS budgets across the country, this truly does show their unwavering commitment and dedication to the Trust and our patients."

The survey also reported more than three quarters of allied health professionals, such as physiotherapists and radiographers, felt they had received job-specific training, while maintenance and ancillary staff, such as porters, reported high job satisfaction and the lowest intentions to leave.

Posted on Monday 21 March 2011