Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust to carry out staff surveys

Hospital to carry out staff surveys

Hospital to carry out staff surveys

First published in News

Hospital staff are to be asked more often how they feel about where they work.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust is planning to introduce regular staff surveys to gauge people’s views about their job, colleagues, leadership and management, and health and safety.

They will be in addition to the annual nationalNHSstaff survey, which is carried out in October and November.

In a message to staff, chief executive Matthew Kershaw said although the national survey was important and useful and he urged the 850 randomly selected staff to take part to fill it out, it still had some limitations.


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He said: “It only happens once a year and even if 70% of our staff return their surveys (which is a very high return rate) that is still only just less than 600 people or 10% of our whole workforce.

“So we have plans to introduce our own, more regular staff surveys, to help gather more information about where staff want us to focus our efforts to improve working conditions and practices and, as a result, provide better care for patients.

“The plan is that everyone will have the opportunity to take part in quarterly staff surveys and that surveying more people more frequently will enable us to gain a detailed and current understanding of where people are at and better track if any changes we make are having a positive impact on staff morale.”

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8:15pm Tue 29 Oct 13

chilliman says...

The company I worked for had an annual staff survey that involved everybody and was the basis for the company's working ethos. The resiults were guaranteed to be completely anonymous which meant people were more likely to speak their mind. Over a few years, it got rid of a blame culture, it created a feeling of responsibilty and accountability, and above all it empowered the staff to contact whoever was needed to get things done. Unnecessary levels of management were stripped out and proper processes were put in place. The customers were paramount - as they should be since they paid for everything. And, no, this company was not a small one, it had over 100,000 employees..

OK, the NHS is not a private company but the same principle surely should apply.
The company I worked for had an annual staff survey that involved everybody and was the basis for the company's working ethos. The resiults were guaranteed to be completely anonymous which meant people were more likely to speak their mind. Over a few years, it got rid of a blame culture, it created a feeling of responsibilty and accountability, and above all it empowered the staff to contact whoever was needed to get things done. Unnecessary levels of management were stripped out and proper processes were put in place. The customers were paramount - as they should be since they paid for everything. And, no, this company was not a small one, it had over 100,000 employees.. OK, the NHS is not a private company but the same principle surely should apply. chilliman
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10:12pm Tue 29 Oct 13

skippy981 says...

I work in the NHS and have done for over 10 years and have received so called anonymous staff surveys and never filled them in only to receive another letter saying I've not filled it in really anonymous then!!!!!
I work in the NHS and have done for over 10 years and have received so called anonymous staff surveys and never filled them in only to receive another letter saying I've not filled it in really anonymous then!!!!! skippy981
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