HSJ HR survey 2014

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06 / 6 / 2014 10.42am

The second HSJ HR survey, in partnership with NHS Employers, where 104 HR leaders responded was published on Friday 6 June. The surveys are regular polls of healthcare leaders from trusts, CCGs and HR. They provide a useful snapshot into key issues in the NHS.

Respondents largely comprised HR directors, deputy HR directors and senior HR managers.

The results show staff morale is largely good in the NHS. The results also show areas for improvement, including methods of recruiting for values and behaviours.

The results are available on the HSJ website, and the key points are summarised below:

Summary of the results

  • Over 80 per cent say that staff morale over the last 12 months is good (moderate, high or very high)
  • 4 in 9 (46.9%) believe their organisation has enough staff to cope with demand
  • Over half are planning on international recruitment in 2014
  • Just under two thirds expect overall nursing workforce figures to go up this year
  • 7 in 9 have confidence in the ability of their organisation to implement seven day services

Agenda for Change

  • Two thirds have implemented the changes to AfC
  • 1 in 3 NHS organisations say that they are not likely to withhold increments this year

Current HR priorities

  • 7 day services
  • Sustaining staff engagement and staff morale in the current climate
  • Staffing levels
  • Pay and conditions

Next steps


The NHS Employers organisation will be using the results of this survey to help shape our work programme over the coming year. We will also be undertaking a second survey in the Autumn so that we continue to respond to your priorities.


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