Local mental health trust, Greater Manchester West (GMW) Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is today celebrating the announcement of being in the top 100 trusts to work for in the country. Out of the 250 NHS trusts who had taken part in the annual NHS staff survey, GMW has been showcased as one of the best to work for.
The NHS staff survey is an independent survey sent to a random sample of staff and asks a wide range of questions including whether individuals feel listened to in the work place, the amount of training received and levels of staff engagement.
Latest results showed that GMW scored highly in staff feeling satisfied with the quality of their work. Work pressure felt by staff is lower than average which suggests they are happy in their roles and feel confident to do their jobs to the best of their ability. The Trust also recently rolled out the Friends and Family test to all staff which asks two basic questions – would you recommend GMW to friends and family as place to receive care and would you recommend it as a place to work. The results showed the positive way in which the majority of staff view the care and treatment provided and also how they value the organisation as a good place to work.
Bev Humphrey, Chief Executive of GMW, said:
“We are delighted to be in the top 100 places to work in the NHS. We know that we are a high-achieving trust, but to know that our staff are happy to work here is fantastic. In the current climate this is a massive achievement. A lot of our staff work in the fast-paced alcohol and drugs field where services are contested by private and third sector organisations, which can lead to an uncertain future. We also deliver services as far north as Cumbria as well as in Central Lancashire, Widnes, Blackburn with Darwen and Wigan and Leigh – not just the Greater Manchester footprint – so there has always been a risk that these staff could feel disengaged from the Trust due to their locations.
“However, I must pay tribute to our front line staff who work directly with our patients and carers as well as our support services which help our clinical staff to do their job so well. Also our Human Resources department work tirelessly to promote staff health and wellbeing and our counselling services which support staff who experience difficulties – wither personal or work-related. They also provide a huge amount of engagement and support to staff going through any transition of service.
“Incentives such as the annual ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event, where staff can pitch for sums of money to implement innovative ideas to help improve patient experience empowers staff to make a real difference to the people they care for. However, I think what has made a big impact is our Values into Action work. The values are a set of five core beliefs which staff and service users worked on together and they have really helped staff to empathise with the people who use our services. It is clear that our staff have really understood their significance, taken them to heart and embedded them in their day to day work.
“I would like to thank every member of staff who has contributed in making GMW one of the top 100 places to work and I am proud to lead such a dedicated and committed work force.”