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Friday 19 April 2019
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Derbyshire Healthcare named as one of the best places to work in the NHS

HSJ Best Places to Work logo 2014

We are delighted to announce that Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is one of the top healthcare organisations in the country to work for, according to the Health Service Journal (HSJ) and NHS Employers.

The Trust was selected for the HSJ’s Best Places to Work list, compiled in partnership with NHS Employers, which features the top 100 healthcare providers across the acute, community, mental health and primary care sectors. Derbyshire Healthcare was recognised for our high levels of staff engagement, with 92% of staff believing their role makes a difference to patients, and job-relevant training.

To compile the list, Best Companies Group used NHS staff survey findings 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. Derbyshire Healthcare’s results showed the vast majority of staff said they would be happy for their friends or relatives to receive care from the Trust. Similarly a higher number of people than average said they would recommend the Trust as a place to work and that Derbyshire Healthcare always acts on concerns raised by service users.

What do our staff say...

Kim Shield, Clinical Facilitator, who has worked for the Trust for 37 years said: 

“This is a well-deserved recognition for Derbyshire Healthcare. In the years that I have worked for this Trust, I have always been impressed with the way that staff are treated – we are like a family here and everyone looks out for each other. I feel that makes us really unique. Not only do staff look out for each other but I witness fantastic compassionate care on our wards every day, and it is clear that our staff come to work to make a difference to other people’s lives.”

Kevin Fletcher, Head of Estates and Facilities, who has worked for the Trust since 2001 said: 

“I believe Derbyshire Healthcare is a wonderful employer thanks to its friendly atmosphere and workforce, which is ultimately down to the positive morale of our employees. We seem to be recognised for what we do and not who we are and this is what makes me come to work every day – to make a real difference to the people we serve.” 


Our commitment to a healthy workforce...

In recent years we have introduced a set of values that underpin the day to day activities of the Trust and support our staff to focus on providing excellent quality care to the people of Derbyshire. These values include: putting patients at the centre of everything the Trust does, focusing on its staff and the community it serves, involving people in decision making, and delivering excellence. We have also implemented a ground-breaking approach to recruitment where all new staff must demonstrate attitudes and behaviours in line with the Trust’s values to ensure that they have the right personal attributes for the role - reaffirming our intent to employ only the best people with the right attitudes and approach.

We see supporting staff as an important element in maintaining the quality of the service that patients receive. The Trust has a Staff Liaison Manager who offers a confidential service to staff and managers who are seeking support, and promotes wellbeing, work life balance and welfare. Specific forms of support for staff include:

  • An employee assistance programme, launched in conjunction with Derby Hospitals occupational health service, giving staff access to counselling and advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Support with emotional resilience, particularly for staff in challenging roles; the Trust runs Schwartz Rounds, monthly meetings where staff can gather to reflect upon work-related experiences in a safe and supportive environment, and also provides support for staff who have experienced a serious incident (Post Incident Peer Support – PIPS)
  • Individual stress risk assessments to help reduce stress in the workplace, along with training for managers 
  • The recent launch of individual wellbeing plans – personal plans to maintain wellness.


And finally...

This is not the first time this year that we have been commended for being a fantastic employer. In April, the Trust was identified as a key national performer in relation to our high levels of employee engagement. The Trust was one of only eight Trusts recognised by the IPA (Involvement and Participation Association) for our high performance based on employee engagement scores, patient satisfaction and a range of other data.

For further information, please read the HSJ Best Places to Work in the NHS 2014 supplement.