2015 NHS Staff Survey results show progress despite pressures

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23 / 2 / 2016 10.11am

The 2015 NHS Staff Survey results have been announced and show progress in many key areas despite pressures. The survey was sent out to 741,000 staff in 297 NHS organisations. 299,000 staff responded, which is the highest ever number of staff responding. 

  • 15 of the key findings measured in the survey improved, including staff engagement, confidence in reporting concerns and willingness to recommend the service.
  • 7 remained the same. For example, the percentage of staff that said they believed that their organisation provides equal opportunities for career progression remained stabled (86 per cent).
  • Poorer performing areas included work pressures, bullying and harassment and concerns over staffing levels.
  • The remainder were stable or not comparable due to changes in question wording. 
  • A  new indicator has been introduced on overall satisfaction with resourcing and support. This has been scored at 3.30 on a five point scale. 
Steven Weeks, policy manager at NHS Employers said; "The 2015 results return the NHS to a place where steady progress is being made on key measures over the last five years. In 2014 there was a noticeable dip in several key areas including staff engagement. The 2015 results are improved compared to this and in many cases are higher now than in 2011. These results reflect sustained work by organisations across the NHS in the face of intense pressures."

The NHS Staff Survey is recognised as an important way of ensuring that the views of staff working in the NHS inform local improvements and input in to local and national assessments of quality, safety, and delivery of the NHS Constitution.

Further information

Visit our NHS Staff Survey 2015 webpage which provides a more detailed summary of the results. Further analysis will be provided over the forthcoming weeks.

In addition we are holding a couple of workshops in London and Leeds to help you develop your response and action plans for your results, look at national trends and the new Staff Survey analysis.

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