Response to NHS Staff Survey

Statement / comment
07 March 2017
Dr Kate Lovett, Dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists said: “The NHS staff survey is an important barometer of staff experience. It is key to understanding what is happening in our services as we know that staff engagement is essential to the quality and safety of patient care"

"It is particularly encouraging to see that junior doctors within mental health trusts, including psychiatry trainees, are reporting generally having a better time in the workplace than colleagues working in acute hospitals in 24 out of 32 measures. This is despite the current significant challenges in delivering frontline mental health services. Over 80 per cent of medical staff in mental health trusts are required to work extra hours, which indicates the strain on the service and the need for a larger mental health workforce."

“Working in mental health can be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. We hope to see these figures continuing to improve in the coming years. The test will be whether improvements in current staff experience will translate into positive recruitment stories across all mental health disciplines."

"One of the biggest wastes the Health Service faces is not maximising the full potential of all its members of staff. Whilst this year's figures point towards some good news for mental health we need to move to a position where reports of poor communication and discrimination against staff become a thing of the past."

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