Staff at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) have ranked the organisation among the best NHS trusts in the country as a place to work and to receive care in the latest national survey of NHS employees.

Michael Wilson CBE, chief executive of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “I am delighted that our staff have given us lots of positive feedback in this latest survey. They work tirelessly to look after our community every day and night, all year round, so it is vital that we listen to their feedback about what we do well and what we could improve.”

There are two findings that have contributed to SASH receiving the top acute hospital score in the country for staff engagement:

  • The Trust’s staff rated the organisation the best in the country among comparable trusts when asked if they would recommend it as a place to work.
  • SASH was also ranked highest in the country among comparable trusts when staff were asked whether care of patients is the organisation’s top priority.

In recent months SASH has introduced a range of measures to improve working life for its staff. These measures, coupled with an extensive recruitment drive, mean SASH has over 95% of its posts filled by permanent staff, including over 99% of nursing posts filled – its best rate for years.