Almost six out of 10 workers at the region's troubled mental health trust say they still are not happy with the standard of care they can provide - the worst ratio in the country.

The annual NHS Staff Survey has shown that just 43pc of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust workers would be happy for a friend or loved one to receive the organisation's standard of care.

And while the figure was a slight improvement on the same statistic last year (41pc), it was the lowest score of any NHS trust nationwide.

The survey is conducted annually by the NHS nationally, with half of the trust's staff opting to take part in the 2023 survey - a 7pc drop-off in participation from the previous year.

But many of those who participated said they continue to have concerns over the care they can provide - with 70pc of workers believing there is not enough staff for them to do their jobs properly.

Eastern Daily Press: Hellesdon Hospital, where the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust is basedHellesdon Hospital, where the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust is based (Image: Google maps)

However, during a meeting of the trust's board of directors, chief people officer Cath Byford highlighted some areas the trust had improved on.

She said: "We need to improve the way staff feel that it is a place they would recommend to work as we are well below the national average in this area.

"There was a reduction in staff feeling confident raising concerns. 

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"It is important though that we recognise when things are going well.

"We have had net growth in the number of doctors and nurses we have recruited which comes as a result of a lot of hard work."

The survey results did show a very slight improvement in its overall morale score though - which increased from 5.83 (out of 10) to 5.87.