Staff at Princess Alexandra Hospital report improvements and support in their work
Health / Thu 4th Apr 2019 at 06:50am
Staff at The Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust report improvements and support in their work
STAFF at the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) feel supported and valued by their managers and able to access development opportunities, a national staff survey shows.
Results for the latest survey of staff at PAHT show more people took part in the survey this year, and responses reflect a number of notable improvements over the past year and better than average scores.
The annual NHS staff survey reflects how staff feel about areas of their working life, including how they are managed and supported.
We are now among best performing trusts in the country for:
• support provided by immediate managers
• the quality of appraisals
• our safety culture
These results show that staff acknowledge their immediate managers are supportive. It also shows that the appraisal process is productive and supports skills improvement and career progression.
Lance McCarthy, trust chief executive, said: “This great result is a reflection of how engaged and dedicated our staff are in our work and their commitment to quality care for our patients. PAHT is increasingly a great place to work and we are confident that these latest results will help to attract even more staff to work with us.”
Every year we take part in the National NHS Staff Survey and this time the survey was completed by 1,324 members of staff. The survey provides an opportunity for staff to have a say on what it is like to work for PAHT and to compare results with other similar organisations across the country. The findings help to highlight areas of good practice as well as identify aspects requiring improvement.”
Areas highlighted by the survey where we need to make faster progress include staff health and wellbeing, staff having adequate materials, supplies and equipment to do their work, and enough staff working at the trust. These are concerns that we aware of and are already working hard to put further improvement initiatives in place.
I am really pleased for PAH that it scored highly in safety culture, as we all want what is best for our patients. I think it's pretty ironic that all the performance management targets have been highlighted and praised as a win for the Trust, when I would say the more significant results around staff health and wellbeing, staff shortages and having adequate materials and equipment has been flagged as an issue. The domestics at PAH have been saying and highlighting this for the last 12 months. The Trust's "silver bullet" to these problems is to look at privatising vital non-clinical services, instead of investing the money back into it's own staff and equipment. Outsourcing isn't the answer, and you only have to look at the number of private companies that have failed (Carillon, interserve). Think again, PAH and keep your domestics in-house!