NHS staff survey gives warning over pay

Wed 25 Feb 2015

The 2014 NHS staff survey results for England were published yesterday

MiP has welcomed the publication of the 2014 NHS staff survey in England. It achieved a response rate of 42%, which is down slightly on 2013, but it still provides an invaluable barometer of staff experience.

Welcoming the publication of the report, MiP chief executive Jon Restell said: ‘The report shows that despite the pressures building on everyone in the NHS, the level of support given to staff by line managers has improved. This is good news and we need to build on it by providing high quality training to support managers in their role.’

‘But the survey also shows a big drop in satisfaction with pay and in the number who would recommend their organisation as a place to work – a warning the Government should heed. Staff are working under enormous pressure to provide quality services to patients and this must be recognised in fair pay awards that compensate all staff for cost of living increases. Trusts are already experiencing staff shortages and having to employ costly agency staff. This can only get worse unless the Government makes the pay award that all staff deserve.’

‘It is good to see that the overwhelming majority of staff know how to report any concerns about unsafe clinical practice, (98%), but only just over half (57%), would feel confident that their organisation would address their concern. This gap needs to be addressed through better and more open communication.’

The survey shows that 66% of staff are satisfied with the support they receive from their immediate manager, up from 65% in 2013.

Just 33% of staff were satisfied with their level of pay, compared to 38% in 2013.

Just over half (56%) of staff would recommend their organisation as a place to work, down from 58% in 2013.

The report is available on the NHS England website

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