STAFF at Somerset’s main provider of mental health services enjoy high levels of job satisfaction.

And they believe the personal care they provide is appreciated by patients and relatives.

Those were among the findings in the annual NHS Staff Satisfaction Survey for Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust by the Care Quality Commission.

The survey asked staff their views on issues such as working conditions, how they see their role and responsibilities, job satisfaction, training and career progression.

The results show Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is among the top 20% of English mental health trusts.

Findings included: *94% of staff said they make a difference to patients.

*85% feel valued by colleagues.

*86% say they have an interesting job.

*84% received job-relevant training, learning or development in the past year.

*96% said the trust provides equal opportunities for career progression and promotion.

But there was lower satisfaction about the threat of physical violence or verbal abuse from some patients and relatives.

The trust’s director of human resources, Andre Frullo, said: “We’re proud that the results of this independent survey showed we have a highly motivated team committed to delivering high quality patient care.

“We’re mindful of the pressures faced by our staff and the trust board understand that a fully engaged workforce is critical to driving through the changes needed to meet the challenges in the future.

“However, we’re not complacent and continually work with staff and unions to further improve the working environment and support our staff to deliver the highest quality healthcare.”