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Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, that manages Newark Hospital, ranked as best in the Midlands for staff engagement

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The trust that manages Newark Hospital has been ranked as the best in the Midlands for staff engagement.

The staff engagement rate ranked Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (SFH) as the best acute trust in the region ­— joint with Chesterfield Royal Hospital ­— according to findings of the latest National NHS Staff Survey.

The results are based on responses from 3,161 staff, a 66% response rate, the second highest in the Midlands.

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The trust, which also runs King’s Mill and Mansfield Community hospitals, takes part in the annual National NHS Survey each year and all staff were invited to share their views.

Sherwood Forest Trust chief executive Richard Mitchell said: “I am pleased and proud that, once again, colleagues feel Sherwood is a great place to work and receive treatment, and these findings have confirmed we have some of the most engaged staff across the NHS.

“We know an engaged workforce is directly linked to improved patient care so this is a really important aspect of the survey.

“We are pleased with our staff engagement score and many other areas have improved, which we are incredibly proud of and is testament to the hard work of colleagues.

“Although these findings are promising, I’m also aware the findings will not resonate with everyone at SFH. I know we still have colleagues who do not enjoy their experience at Sherwood and the findings from this year’s survey will provide us with useful information so we can see exactly where we need to focus next.

“This is something that will involve honest conversations, feedback and working together.”

Other areas that saw an improvement in comparison with the 2018 survey include colleagues feeling that adjustments had been made to enable colleagues with a disability to work, less staff felt pressure to go to work when they ill than in previous years, and the organisation treated staff involved in incidents fairly.

Emma Challans, director of culture and improvement, said: “We pride ourselves on a positive culture of staff engagement, and in living the values and behaviours that we hold dear.”

More than half a million NHS staff in England completed the national NHS Staff Survey.

The results are primarily intended for use by NHS organisations to help review and improve staff experience.

The Care Quality Commission use the results from the survey to monitor ongoing compliance with essential standards of quality and safety.

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