South Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust is the top NHS healthcare employer, this year’s Healthcare 100 reveals.

The annual awards highlight the 100 best NHS and independent healthcare organisations in the UK to work for.

The award ceremony on Wednesday named the Briar Court rehabilitation unit in Hartlepool, run by Castlebeck, as the top independent organisation.

The judges said South Essex staff appreciated the sense they were “providing great quality care to service users, while… having a good experience as an employee”. They also highlighted the development opportunities available to staff and flexible approach to work-life balance.

In making Briar Court the number one independent sector employer the judges remarked on the “exemplary” training and development available to staff.

The Healthcare 100 - now in its second year - is run by HSJ and Nursing Times and research partner Ipsos MORI in association with the Department of Health and NHS Employers.

Click here to read the full of winners list.