NHS Employers response to Healthcare Commission staff survey results 2006

NHS Employers' Deputy Director Alastair Henderson said today:

"Today's results show that staff have a positive view of working in the NHS, despite the significant changes that they have experienced in the last year. In comparison with many organisations, satisfaction with the NHS as an employer is still good, but we need to work hard locally and nationally to make sure the NHS remains a place people want to work.

The results show improvements in important areas such as stress, which was the subject of our major campaign last year due to the major personal and financial cost to the NHS, and in work-related injuries.  Employers should be pleased with this achievement. 

However there is clearly work that still needs to be done particularly on tackling bullying and harassment and on the quality, effectiveness and frequency of appraisals.  All staff should expect an annual, well-structured appraisal to help them achieve their full potential and over the coming year we will work with NHS organisations to ensure this happens.

The annual staff survey results are vital in helping us to identify what we can do to improve the experience of staff who work in the NHS.  We will work with the trade unions to take forward the issues raised by this survey."

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