RESULTS of the National Staff Survey for NHS trusts across the country have shown Shropshire Community Health Trust as one of the best to work for.

The report, which was published earlier in the week, shows that 70 per cent of staff recommend it as a place to work.

Shropcom delivers community services across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and has also been celebrating in the past 12 months after achieving Good ratings for leadership and services by the Care Quality Commission.

It scored in the top 10 trusts in the UK in the Freedom To Speak Up Index.

The National Staff Survey involves staff being asked to answer more than 100 questions, asking them about their job, their organisation, their managers, their personal development and their health and wellbeing at work.

Shropcom received feedback from a record-breaking 887 members of staff – 58 per cent of the total number.

Results showed a statistically significant improvement in seven of the 10 areas they are asked about, when compared with the 2018 results.

Of those who completed the survey, 70 per cent recommended the organisation as a place to work,

And almost 91 per cent of staff said their role makes a difference to service users, while more than 82 per cent said care of patients and service users was their organisation’s top priority.

The themed results showed the trust scoring 9.6 out of 10 for equality, diversity and inclusion – the top-scoring Community Trust in the country.

It also scores highly for safety, quality of care and staff engagement among others.

Chief executive, Jan Ditheridge, is set to leave the organisation at the end of the month after almost seven years at the helm.

She said: “I want to thank all our staff for sharing their thoughts on their work environment – it is so pleasing to read about all the positives and understand where there is more to do.

“Although I won’t be here next year, I will certainly watch from afar curious to know that the fantastic team have continued to make Shropcom an even better place to work.

“The feedback will help all of us continue to make Shropcom a great place to work.

“This year’s results are very encouraging but we know there is still more to do, and if we agree a small number of things we can focus on again over the next year then I’m confident we will see improvements again.”