Hospital staff at SWFT among happiest in country - The Leamington Observer

Hospital staff at SWFT among happiest in country

Leamington Editorial 24th Jul, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016   0

HOSPITAL staff in South Warwickshire are happier in their work than most.

South Warwickshire Foundation Trust (SWFT) has again been named as one of the top places to work in the NHS.

For the past four years the trust has featured in the top 20 per cent nationally following a staff satisfaction survey.

The Health Service Journal, Nursing Times and NHS Employers teamed up to compile a list of the best trusts to work for – taking into account everything from leadership to training.

SWFT chief executive Glen Burley said: “I would like to thank all of our staff for their hard work and dedication that enables us to deliver the best possible care to our patients. All of the trust’s achievements are a testament to the fantastic work they do.”

* SWFT has celebrated the the 10th anniversary at Warwick Hospital of its newborn hearing screening programme which gives parents the chance to have their baby’s hearing tested within the first five weeks following birth which helps identify and treat hearing loss earlier.

Early intervention at this stage minimises the effects hearing loss can have on a child’s development, giving them a better chance of developing speech and language skills from an early age.

*STAFF strode out on their lunch break in a bid to remind people to keep physically active during the working day.

Workers at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT), which is responsible for Warwick, Leamington, Stratford, and the Ellen Badger Hospital in Shipston, joined employees all over the UK for Workout at Work Day (W@WD).

Latest guidelines recommend those aged 19 to 64 should exercise for at least 2.5 hours each week.

But while two-thirds of men and just over half of women maintain they meet these guidelines, SWFT is hoping to see the number increase.

Physiotherapist Samantha Spence, who helped to organise the Trust’s W@WD activities, said: “Being a physiotherapist I regularly see the negative effects of being sat in the same place for hours on end so it’s great there’s a day like this to highlight how important keeping active is.”

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