Hospital survey hailed

HOSPITAL trust bosses say they are delighted with the results of a national staff survey.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, which runs hospitals in Hartlepool and Stockton, scored above the national average for overall staff engagement in the 2011 National NHS.

The trust scored 3.67 on a scale of one to five on how well staff feel they have been engaged, compared to the national average of 3.62 and the 3.77 the trust scored in 2010.

Director of human resources and education for the trust, Clare Curran, said: “We were delighted to see such a positive outcome overall.

“We’ve seen some substantial improvements in some areas such as staff appraisals, personal development and equality and diversity.

“Our staff are our greatest resource and we note there are a small number of areas where we can improve communication with them.

“Our score for overall staff engagement has dropped slightly from last year, however it is pleasing to see that it remains higher than the national average for acute trusts.

“We will be looking at this area over the coming months and will work with health professionals, managers, and our staff side partnership to ensure that we have an even better outcome to this year’s survey.”