28 February 2013

AWP 2012 NHS staff survey results

Chief executive Iain Tulley has pledged to redouble efforts to transform AWP so as to boost staff morale and to make the Trust a great place to work.

His renewed commitment to change and improvement was in response to the deeply disappointing picture of staff attitudes across the Trust as reflected in the 2012 NHS staff survey published today (28 February).

While responses to some questions have improved, with for example more people satisfied with the quality of work and patient care they are able to deliver, AWP remains in the bottom 20 per cent of equivalent NHS trusts for staff engagement.

Iain said:  "These findings are deeply disappointing.  Although the survey is based on just 448 responses, it provides a strong message about how it feels to work for our Trust.  Re-engaging and supporting our staff is a fundamental part of ensuring that we can provide services of the highest quality and which our staff would recommend to a member of their family.

"Generally, I would expect the steps we are taking to become more involved in local systems of care by bringing decision making closer to the front line via local operational management, the strengthening of clinical leadership, the shared focus on quality and efforts to empower staff to deal with issues will have a positive impact on staff across the Trust but we need to do much more.

"In reviewing the Trust's non clinical costs, we are determined to find ways of reducing these so that more investment can be made in frontline services."

Iain said that turning AWP into one of the best mental health employers in the country was a prerequisite of delivering improving recovery focused services through effective partnership working with our health and social care colleagues. 

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