WHEN it comes to staff attitudes, Poole Hospital has one of the most positive in the UK, a survey has found.

More than 1,800 staff completed this year’s national NHS Staff Survey, the most comprehensive assessment of how staff working in the NHS feel about their employer.

In a change from previous year, the results are grouped together under 10 themes - previously the report has been presented under 32 key areas.

Staff rated Poole higher than the national average in seven of the 10 areas, including nine out of ten for diversity, six out of ten for health and wellbeing, nearly seven out of ten for the quality of managers and seven out of ten for engagement.

Nearly 70 per cent of staff would recommend the hospital as a place to work against a national average 62.6 per cent, with 80 per cent recommending Poole as a place to receive care against an average 71 per cent.

The report also identified areas that fell just below the national average, where teams are already working to make improvements, including the quality of appraisals and the quality of care, which was 7.3 per cent.

Jacqueline Cotgrove, director of workforce and organisational development, said the report showed a ‘positive outlook’.

“This year’s staff survey is presented in a completely new way, but I am glad it has continued to capture a really positive outlook of working life at the hospital by the staff that work here,” she said

The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (RBCH) has also received some of the top results nationally for its leadership and safety culture in the survey.

Debbie Fleming, joint chief executive, Poole Hospital and The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals, said: “These results are a barometer for the health of both organisations and it is very positive to hear that our staff would recommend working with us so highly."