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Union launches annual national staff and patient safety survey

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Nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants, students, ambulance workers and other members of Unison are being asked to record how their shift goes today for the union’s annual staff safety survey.

The results, which the union hopes will shed light on the staff and patient safety and wellbeing across the NHS over a 24-hour period – 18 September – will be released towards the end of the year.

“This survey aims to show what happens in a typical 24-hour period in the NHS”

Sara Gorton

Commenting on the recording day, Unison head of health Sara Gorton said: “This survey aims to show what happens in a typical 24-hour period in the NHS.

“Day in day out, health workers go the extra mile to help the people they care for,” noted Ms Gorton.

She added: “This survey aims to capture staff concerns about the safety of wards and patient care, along with the heart-warming stories that help explain why the nation holds NHS staff so dear.”

NHS staff will have seven days to submit their entry about their shift tomorrow via an online survey.

The survey is aimed at all staff – with the exception of doctors and consultants – employed in every part of the NHS, regardless of whether they belong to Unison.

It has been carried out by the union since 2012, though usually earlier in the year than the current survey.

Previous versions of the survey have revealed a high level of concern among nurses about workforce shortages and safety.

Last year, 63% of nurses who responded to the survey said that wards were so understaffed that nurses could not ensure safe, dignified and compassionate care.


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