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The big question: can a tool be used to expose poor workplace culture?

Leading nurses have developed a “cultural barometer” to test whether a workplace is suffering from a culture problem akin to that which contributed to the care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.

The two-page questionnaire aims to probe the attitude, values and culture of an organisation and can be used in any healthcare setting by individuals, nursing teams or as part of a wider organisational review.

Some of the questions in the barometer ask if staff think senior managers have an understanding of how things “really are” and whether staff feel concerns are listened to.

Is it possible to use a tool to test the culture of a trust to prevent another Mid Staffs? What do you think?

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Why not probe the attitudes, beliefs and "culture" of "Leading Nurses"?

    I can immediately think of at least 20 such "Nurses" who are contributing to poor workforce"culture" and poor moral. These are the "Leading Nurses" of the South West Pay Consortia ! As outstanding" professionals" they amongst other demands require nurses to submit to :-

    1.increased working hours
    2.Reduced holiday entitlement
    3.Reduced pay
    4.Reduced sick pay
    5.No pay progression
    6.Reduced unsocial hours payments

    I can imagine that such an agenda would have a pronounced negative effect upon workplace "culture.

    I do not need a “cultural barometer” which amounts to yet another stack of paper to inform me of the obvious.

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