Staff at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) have again ranked the organisation among the best NHS trusts in the country in the annual national survey of NHS employees.

The Trust’s staff rated the organisation fourth best acute trust in the country when asked if they would recommend it as a place to work.

SASH also scored highest nationally for staff stating they look forward to coming to work.

All employees were invited to complete the survey in October and November 2020. The Trust’s scores improved from the previous year in over 60% of the individual questions asked, including staff recommending SASH as a place to work and staff recommending SASH as a place to receive treatment.

SASH was again ranked among the highest scores in the country when staff were asked whether care of patients is the organisation’s top priority.

65% of SASH staff gave their feedback across a range of measures in the survey – more than the national average of 45%. This gives confidence that the results of the survey reflect a wide variety of views from areas across the Trust. SASH staff feedback was among the top scores nationally in the themes of staff engagement, safety culture and team work.

Michael Wilson CBE, chief executive, said: “I am very proud that our staff rate us among the best in the country. Our teams have been through so much this year, so it has never been more important to make the NHS the best place to work. We’ve worked hard to support our colleagues throughout the pandemic but we know just how tough it has been. That’s why staff welfare is a key priority for us in the months ahead and we will use the results of this survey to make more improvements for our wonderful colleagues.”