In its report the assessment team highlighted strong leadership throughout the organisation, excellent service planning with extensive engagement and ownership for those involved, and good partnership working between Trust management and union representatives.
The report singled out the Trust’s innovative approach to education and development with a wide range of formal and experiential training available to staff. The report also complemented the way in which the Trust looks to reward achievement and celebrates success at both an individual and organisational level.
Fred Harrop, Assessor for Quality South West said: " In 2004 when we first awarded the Trust IIP status we acknowledged the 1st class leadership that was evident then, and it would be fair to say that the inspirational leadership that we saw here again was as good as any other organisation we have been to."
"Planning is also a major strength of the organisation, as is the family culture that welcomes staff and ensures that they want to stay. We also noticed that the Trust has an excellent attitude towards life long learning and ensuring that staff are fully engaged through its Human Resources Strategy."
The Trust initially received IIP status at corporate level in March 2004 having achieved success in a number of individual departments and units across the Trust. According to the assessment team, the Trust has not only excelled in many areas since then, but also improved on the initial high standards it met three years ago.
The report did highlight some areas of potential for further improvement. This included additional support for staff who are in ‘acting up’ roles and a more thorough process for evaluating the impact of learning activity across the Trust.
Jenny Hair, Deputy Director of Human Resources said: "This is good news both for our staff and for our patients. We value our staff and the professional way in which they go about their day-to-day work. IiP recognition is important to us as it highlights our commitment to provide a supportive working environment, with opportunities for staff to develop and increase their career prospects. This helps our staff to maintain high standards, which in turn enhances the quality of care they can offer our patients."
Mrs Hair added: "We would like to thank all the staff for the time and commitment they have given to the IiP process and to share with them the achievement that IiP can bring." Ends
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170