Staff at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust would recommend the organisation as a place to work and get treatment, according to the national NHS 2016 staff survey results, published today (7 March).

The Trust score in this area remains broadly the same as 2015 in the independent survey run by Picker.

This year the survey, that captures how staff feel about their experience of work, collates staff responses around nine broad themes.

For the Care Trust, scores across seven themes remain broadly the same as the previous year (2015), covering appraisals and support for development; equality and diversity; errors and incidents; health and wellbeing; managers; patient care and experience; and staff experiencing violence, harassment and bullying.  These include:

  • 94% of staff receiving appraisals in the last 12 months (94% in 2015);
  • staff feeling that the organisation and management take an interest in, and action on, staff health and wellbeing (scoring 3.79 out of 5, compared to 3.78 in 2015);
  • of errors, near misses or incidents over a four-week period, 93% were reported (93% in 2015);
  • 69% of staff working extra hours (72% in 2015).

Scores have dipped across two key areas of working patterns and job satisfaction including:

  • 57% of staff satisfied with the opportunities for flexible working (63% in 2015);
  • 68% able to contribute to improvements at work (75% in 2015);
  • staff satisfaction with the level of responsibility and involvement is 3.82 (3.89 in 2015).

Sandra Knight, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, said: “Our staff work hard to deliver the best possible care for the people who use our services and their families.  It’s good to see where we have maintained the same levels as the previous year, whilst staff are working to deliver services differently to meet local needs.   Over the next twelve months, it’s crucial that we continue to support staff health and wellbeing, and the survey shows that staff recognise the work that we’re already doing in this area, but we also need to work with staff on areas where they are telling us we need to do more.

“We know that our staff are the best people to identify how we can do things differently.  Plans are in place to encourage more staff to share their ideas – big or small – so that everyone has the opportunity to make improvements in their area, and feel able to do this, which is an area that the survey highlights.”

All of the Trust’s staff, across its mental health, community and learning disability services, were invited to take part, with 50 per cent of staff completing the survey in 2016.  Survey responses are given in either percentage scores or rated one to five, where five is highest.