NHS trust in top 100 to work for

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Bosses at a Doncaster based NHS trust say they are delighted after a survey placed their organisation among the top 100 places to work in the health service.

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, based at St Catherine’s Hospital at Balby, has been judged to be in the top 100 best places to work in the NHS.

The ranking came after a review was carried out by the Health Service Journal in partnership with the Best Companies Group - an independent workplace research firm.

The trust operates a range of services including mental health, learning disability and community services, and employs around 3,700 staff, 2,200 of them full time.

Among the facilities it runs is the St John’s Hospice on Western Road in Balby, near its Doncaster base.

The survey revealed most staff reported taking part in training or development relevant to their job over the past year, and 92 per cent of staff believe that the Trust provides equal opportunities for career progression or promotion.

Rosie Johnson, the trust’s director of workforce and organisational development, said she was pleased with the rating in the report.

She said: “I am delighted with and extremely proud of these results.

“The survey covered staff engagement and staff experience at work.

“We know from research that the quality of a patient’s experience is strongly linked with staff engagement, and that patient satisfaction is significantly higher in trusts where there are also higher levels of employee engagement.

“We recognise the value of staff involvement in service improvements, and the importance of creating a culture of engagement and innovation.

“RDaSH managers encourage staff to put ideas forward to enhance the services we deliver, and to have a say in how the services in which they work are shaped.”