NHS Staff Survey in England


NHS England took ownership of the NHS Staff Survey from the Department of Health in April 2013. Previously, from 2003 to 2009, the Care Quality Commission and its predecessor the Healthcare Commission owned the survey.

The NHS Staff Survey results are predominantly aimed at NHS organisations, to inform local improvements in staff experience and well-being. Nationally, the NHS Staff Survey results provide an important measure of performance against the pledges set out in the NHS Constitution. The Constitution outlines the principles and values of the NHS in England, setting out a number of pledges that define what staff should expect from NHS employers.

The results are also used by NHS England to support national assessments of quality and safety. The Care Quality Commission uses the results to inform their Intelligent Monitoring work to help to decide who, where and what to inspect.

Results from the NHS Staff Survey are presented for individual questions and for sub-groups of questions, combined to produce a number of “Key Findings” and an “overall engagement score”. 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.

Latest publication

Revised 2015 data published on 22 March 2016

Pre-Release Access List

Pre-release access list NHS Staff Survey 2015 (PDF, 31K)

Contact us

For further information, please contact:

Analytical Services (Patients & Information, Nursing and Medical), NHS England, Room 5E26, Quarry House, Leeds , LS2 7UE

Email: england.feedback-data@nhs.net