SCT named as one of the UK’s best places to work
09 September 2014

SCT named as one of the UK’s best places to work

Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT) has been ranked by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) amongst the best places to work in the NHS in England.

The trust is included in a list of the top 100 health and care employers across the acute, community, mental health and clinical commissioning sectors. 

The HSJ compiled its Best Places to Work list in partnership with NHS Employers and the independent Best Companies Group. It’s described as ‘an annual celebration of the UK’s elite public sector healthcare employers’.

To select the top 100, HSJ and Best Companies Group used feedback from the annual NHS staff survey with a particular focus across seven core areas:

  • Leadership and planning.
  • Culture and communications.
  • Role satisfaction.
  • Work environment
  • Relationship with supervisor.
  • Training and development.
  • Employee engagement and satisfaction. 

SCT is additionally praised in the Best Place to Work report for the quality of staff supervision – a key to good quality clinical care – and for staff development and training opportunities. Its annual leadership conference and quarterly leadership exchange events are highlighted as examples of positive engagement.

SCT’s chief executive Paula Head said: “We are proud to be included in this list of the UK’s top 100 healthcare employers.

“Our success reflects the views of nearly 2,000 of our committed and compassionate staff in last year’s confidential annual staff survey.

“We’ve been pleased over recent years to see distinct improvement in our staff survey results, particularly in areas such as staff engagement and satisfaction, the percentage of staff saying they would recommend the trust as a place to work or receive treatment and how far they feel staff saying they feel able to make suggestions and improvements at work.

“This recognition also builds upon our commitment as the first NHS organisation in Sussex to adopt the Living Wage and via the work of our Healthier Workforce group to promote the health and wellbeing of our staff.”