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The 2015 NHS Staff Survey in England

The results of the 2015 NHS Staff Survey have been published today by The Co-ordination Centre (Picker Institute Europe) on behalf of NHS England. This is the thirteenth annual national survey of NHS staff.

Since 2013, participating organisations have been able to conduct the survey as a census or extended sample and this option is increasingly being adopted. As a result, over 741,000 staff across 297 NHS organisations were invited to take part in the 2015 survey, more than 117,000 extra staff compared to 2014.

Over 299,000 staff responded to the 2015 survey, a response rate of 41% (compared to around 255,000 respondents in 2014 and a response rate of 42%).

All full-time and part-time staff who were directly employed by an NHS organisation on 1 September 2015 were eligible to respond. The fieldwork for the survey was carried out between late September and early December 2015.

The survey results and associated documentation can be viewed at the National NHS Staff Survey Co-ordination Centre.

To ensure the data meets the needs of NHS organisations and associated bodies, the questionnaire, key findings and benchmarking groups have all undergone substantial revision since the previous staff survey. These changes mean that some questions and key findings are not comparable to 2014. A document explaining the changes is available at www.nhsstaffsurveys.com.

The survey results are published for individual questions and for 32 Key Findings that have been designed to give more information about particular areas of interest. Of the 32 Key Findings, 15 have shown improvement since 2014, 7 have deteriorated and 10 cannot be compared due to changes in the questions.

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