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Hospital is one of best to work for

[Thursday 23 March 2006]

A major hospital serving the Yorkshire Dales is one of the best health organisations to work for in the country - according to a survey published by the Healthcare Commission.

Airedale NHS Trust has been ranked amongst the top 20 per cent of hospitals in the country for the quality of its jobs and the training and development opportunities given to its staff - 98 per cent of staff at the Trust had received some form of training in the 12 months prior to taking part in the survey.

Staff rank hospital as one of best to work for
Staff rank hospital as one of best to work for
Photo: Airedale NHS Trust

In another boost for bosses, Airedale was also the highest scoring of all Trusts in the region when it comes to providing hand washing materials for staff as part of its drive to reduce the spread of infection and combat the MRSA super bug.

The results come from a survey published by the health sector's independent watchdog, the Healthcare Commission. The overall aim of this survey is to gather information to help provide better care for patients and improve the working lives of those who provide the care.

Results from the survey can be used by Trusts to plan local improvements in working conditions and practices.

Airedale is also in the top 20 per cent for the effectiveness of its reporting systems to help avoid mistakes and, crucially, to learn from them.

The last year has seen an 8 per cent drop in the number of staff working for longer than their contracted hours - and, according to the Trust, there was a significant decrease in this year's survey in the number of staff feeling workload pressure.

As part of the survey - carried out in all NHS organisations across England to find out what it is like working for the NHS - questionnaires were sent to a third of Airedale's staff and 500 of them returned the questionnaires to give their views.

Roger Pollard, Director of Human Resources at Airedale: "Our staff are our most important resource and this survey is very important to us as it allows us understand the staff viewpoint and learn what we are doing right as an employer.

"The survey clearly shows we have maintained our excellent record in the development and training of staff, giving clear job profiles and have decreased some workload pressures for our staff.

"We would hope to build on these positives and continue to improve on them so our staff can feel that Airedale NHS Trust is a rewarding place to work."

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