NHS Trust praised by Secretary of State for Health
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) staff have been congratulated by the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, for the Trust’s exceptional performance.
In the NHS staff survey results for 2016, WSFT emerged as the acute trust with the best performance engagement score throughout the whole of England.
Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP said: “From visiting organisations throughout the country, I know the immense amount of day to day hard work that will have been behind this outcome cannot be underestimated. It is greatly appreciated, not just by me, but by all your patients that will be benefiting as a result.
“Please pass on my personal congratulations and thanks to everyone who has made this happen.”
Steve Dunn, chief executive at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This praise and recognition is for all our staff. They work hard to make West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust a great place to work and deliver outstanding outcomes for our patients. The NHS is facing challenging times but our staff really do go the extra mile and do deliver, as Jeremy Hunt acknowledges, exceptional performance. It is a privilege to work with such great people.”
The staff engagement score is an overall indicator of staff engagement. It relates to the following aspects of staff engagement:
- staff members’ perceived ability to contribute to improvements at work
- their willingness to recommend the trust as a place to work or receive treatment
- the extent to which they feel motivated and engaged with their work
Steve Dunn continued: “Staff commitment and hard work underpins our Trust’s great outcomes, including our latest CQC report, which marks us out as one of nine acute hospitals in the country rated outstanding for medical care. We regularly perform well across several national quality audits, and are highly rated for early detection of cancer, for our stroke services and for hip fracture care among others. We will not get complacent and continue to encourage staff to contribute their ideas about how we can improve.”