Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust included in 40-strong shortlist of acute trusts

The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has been named in a list of the best places to work in the NHS.

The trust employs around 4,500 staff at North Devon District Hospital, 17 community hospitals and in community health, social care and specialist teams across half the county.

It's one of 40 acute trusts to make the list of the best places to work in the NHS for 2015, compiled by the Health Service Journal and Nursing Times and independent research firm Best Companies Group.

The list celebrates NHS organisations that have worked hard to promote great staff engagement and create an environment where people can enjoy their job.

The judging panel analysed performance in seven key areas - leadership and planning; corporate culture and communication; role satisfaction; work environment; relationship with supervisor; training, development and resources; and employee engagement and satisfaction.

Dr Alison Diamond, chief executive, said: "To be named one of the best places to work in the NHS, anywhere in the country, is a fantastic achievement for the trust.

"It recognises what I see every day - staff working as teams and doing their utmost to provide excellent care for our patients."