Survey praises health trust

A MENTAL health trust has been recommended by staff as a great place to work or receive treatment.

The results of the annual NHS staff survey has placed Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust in the top 20 per cent of mental health and learning disability trusts in the country in 20 of the 38 areas covered.

The trust, which treats people in Hartlepool and east Durham, was in the top 20 per cent of trusts recommended by their staff as a place to work or receive treatment.

It was also among the best performing trusts for engaging with its staff.

The survey also reports a number of improvements in key areas, including a continued decrease in the number of staff who said they had experienced physical violence from patients, relatives or the public.

Martin Barkley, chief executive of Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We want to be the best employer we can be and to support our staff to provide the best possible care to the people who use our services.

“However, we must not be complacent and we now need to look at these results in more detail and use the feedback to focus on areas where we need to improve.”