Date Published: 4 October 2006
UK Healthcare watchdog urges staff to take part to help improve care for patients
Healthcare watchdog urges staff to take part to help improve care for patients
The Healthcare Commission is launching the NHS Staff Survey for 2006, giving staff a chance to have their voices heard about what it is like working in the NHS.
The Healthcare Commission’s annual survey, in its fourth year, is the largest of its kind and this year’s data collection will be taking place from October to December. This year also gives staff the opportunity to give their views on Agenda for Change.
Staff views given in the survey are used by the Healthcare Commission, the Department of Health and NHS Trusts to inform local and national changes in working conditions and practices. The findings also enable management to make changes that will help the NHS to become as good an employer as possible and encourage the provision of good working conditions for staff. This in turn ensures a higher quality of care for patients.
Anna Walker, Chief Executive of the Healthcare Commission, said:
With over 209,000 staff in 570 NHS trusts taking part in the 2005 survey, meaningful analysis can be done to look at the experiences of different occupational groups within the NHS.
Some of the key findings shown by the occupational group data from the 2005 survey responses included:
As the survey takes place annually, trends in issues showing improvements or deteriorations in staff experience can be identified. The Healthcare Commission also uses the survey data to assess compliance against the Department of Health core standards, this year in the new Annual Health Check.
Between 600 and 850 staff in each NHS Trust will be chosen at random to participate in the 4th annual National NHS Staff Survey and their contribution is vital to ensuring that the NHS improves as an employer.
Source: Healthcare Commission (UK).