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Work to develop a positive culture is starting to pay off – according to the latest NHS National Staff Survey results.

More than 2,100 staff members who work at Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford Hospitals, plus staff working in outpatients services at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Ely, North Cambs Hospital, Wisbech and Doddington Hospital, took part in the NHS National Staff Survey in November 2018 to register their views about working in their organisation and the NHS as a whole.

The results published for our Trust showed significant improvements in key areas -  for example, 3% more of our staff said they look forward to going to work than they did in the 2017 survey. The Trust also fared higher than the national average score by 7% for this key question. There was also a 5% increase in staff who said they were given frequent opportunities to show initiative in their role compared with the previous year’s score and our Trust was placed 9% above the national average score for staff saying they had adequate materials and resources to carry out their work.

An increase of 5% of staff said they were satisfied with the recognition they get for good work, compared with the figures for the previous year, and the Trust scored 6% higher than the national average for staff feeling confident that our Trust would address a concern they may raise.

Louise Tibbert, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development for North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Following the challenges of the merger of Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals with Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust in April 2017, we are starting to see the development of a more positive culture across our hospitals.

“These results help us recognise how far we have come in a short space of time, which is thanks to the tremendous efforts of our staff to bring services and departments together to improve care for our patients across the region.

“It is most pleasing to see positive results in particular themes, such as the quality of staff appraisals, providing a safe environment for staff and improving staff engagement.

“The welfare of our staff is of the utmost importance and we welcome these results. In the areas where we have not scored as highly as we would have liked, we will actively address these issues working in collaboration with our staff members.”