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Trust named as one of best places to work in NHS

It’s official!  We have been named today as one of the top 100 places to work in the NHS.

Information taken from the NHS staff survey of acute, community and mental health trusts and clinical commissioning groups was used to compile the list by the Health Service Journal in association with NHS Employers.

Today, September 5, the HSJ published the 100 best NHS organisations to work for in England - and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is one of only two mental health trusts in the West Midlands region and among 25 across England to make the list.

Our Chief Executive John Short said: “We are delighted to be recognised as one of the best places to work in the NHS. We have worked hard to create a culture at the Trust that is supportive of individuals, promotes sharing of good practice and rewards innovation, and is passionate about what we do, and why. 

“Our greatest asset is the 4,000 plus people who are our workforce. Without such skilled and motivated staff it would be impossible to provide the high quality mental healthcare services that we do.”

He added that there were learning and development programmes in place for every grade of staff to allow them to progress.  In addition, the Working Better Together programme aimed to ensure all staff understood how they personally contributed to achieving the organisation’s goals through their personal objectives.

“We have also embraced the Listening into Action ethos which aims to fundamentally shift the way we work by empowering the staff who know the most  to lead change to improve the quality of patient care.

“However, we are not complacent and finding ways of engaging, listening to and acting on the views and ideas of our staff and our service users and carers is core to our organisation.”

This year the HSJ names the “top 10” workplaces, although these are not ranked.  Four of the 10 are clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) but there are no organisations from the Midlands in this group.

The remaining 90 organisations are 25 mental health trusts, 49 acute trusts, 11 community trusts and 15 CCGs.  Of all these, only seven - including BSMHFT - are in the Midlands.

To compile the list, NHS staff survey findings were used to analyse each organisation across seven core areas: leadership and planning; corporate culture and communications; role satisfaction; work environment; relationship with supervisor; training and development; and employee engagement and satisfaction.

Gill Bellord, Director of Employment Relations and Reward at NHS Employers said in the HSJ Best Places to Work 2014 supplement: “A great employer has 100 per cent commitment from its leaders. They engage their staff, listen to innovative ideas and involve their people in the challenges and improvements that the organisation faces.

“The NHS staff survey and initiatives such as Best Places to Work provide leaders with information they can use to identify where improvements need to be made. A great employer will proactively use data from the staff survey and engage with their workforce and patients to make improvements.”

To read the full list go to:
http://www.hsj.co.uk/Journals/2014/09/04/y/a/z/HSJ-Best-Places-to-Work-2014-supplement.pdf