Health experts at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH), which runs East Surrey Hospital, are celebrating being awarded the Skills for Health Quality Mark in recognition of the high standard of training and learning they provide to their teams across the organisation.
“We are delighted that the hard work and focus on ensuring all of our staff, both clinical and non-clinical, receive high quality training and education has been recognised by this award,” explained Mark Preston, director of organisational development and people for Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.
Head of workforce development Nathaniel Johnston said: “The Quality Mark assures our patients that those who care for them have received excellent development and training. It is also a further endorsement of our staff survey results that put us in the top 20% of trusts nationally for the quality of our training.”
The Quality Mark is a national benchmark of excellence in workforce development in healthcare and is awarded by Skills for Health and the National Skills Academy. The award assessors noted in their report that SASH is committed to providing excellent training to the workforce and that the values of the organisation were at the centre of all education and training opportunities.
The assessment for the award included collating portfolios of evidence for the assessors to review and an onsite assessment where staff, managers and educators were observed and interviewed.
Feedback from report said: “Throughout the assessment process all staff of Surrey and Sussex Trust have acted in a highly professional manner, demonstrating a commitment and desire for quality improvement”.