From April 2014, NHS England introduced the Staff Friends and Family Test (FFT) in all NHS trusts providing acute, community, ambulance and mental health services in England. View the Staff FFT data here.
NHS England’s vision for Staff FFT is that all staff should have the opportunity to feedback their views on their organisation at least once per year. It is hoped that Staff FFT will help to promote a big cultural shift in the NHS, where staff have further opportunity and confidence to speak up, and where the views of staff are increasingly heard and are acted upon.
The Staff FFT was developed by NHS England and a working group made up of representatives from provider trusts, staff side representatives and NHS Employers. Draft guidance was circulated across the NHS in December 2013 and views were sought from academic experts working in the field of staff engagement.
For the first year, NHS England has adopted a flexible approach to how organisations may implement the Staff FFT. This decision was taken as a result of feedback received and because it is important that Staff FFT is an improvement tool which works at a local level.
Research has shown a relationship between staff engagement and individual and organisational outcome measures, such as staff absenteeism and turnover, patient satisfaction and mortality; and safety measures, including infection rates. The more engaged staff members are, the better the outcomes for patients and the organisation generally. It is therefore important that we strengthen the staff voice, as well as the patient voice.
The key principles of Staff FFT, the full guidance for implementation, and a list of frequently asked questions are provided below.