Staff morale is nearly at rock bottom

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 June 2012


STAFF morale at a health trust in North Somerset is among the lowest in the country, according to a national NHS survey.

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Trust Partnership NHS Trust, which has a unit at Weston General Hospital and one at Locking Castle, was found to be in the bottom 20 per cent for several areas of staff engagement out of 59 trusts across the country.

Staff motivation, recommendation of the trust as a place to work and ability to contribute towards improvements at work were all ranked poorly.

The report also found only one in five staff felt there was good communication between them and management, lower than the national average of 29 per cent.

But the trust does have a lower than average rate of work-related injuries, at six per cent instead of eight, and a slightly higher than average rating for ‘feeling valued by work colleagues’, at 80 per cent against a national average of 79.

A spokesman for the trust said: “The findings of the NHS national staff survey were clearly disappointing.

“The survey was conducted at a time when a lot of change was taking place in the trust in relation to redesigning our services which was unsettling to staff.

“Many of these service changes are being rolled out and are designed to provide better services to those who need our help and will provide more rewarding roles for staff.

“A range of initiatives are underway to deal with the concerns highlighted in the survey including more open communications, investment in wellbeing services to support staff in the difficult roles they fulfil and better training for managers.”

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