Nurses are to be asked to give feedback about the performance of their colleagues and managers, under plans to introduce 360 degree appraisals.
The new-style appraisal, which will also include feedback from patients, is being introduced in England by March 2014 as part of the Compassion in Practice national nursing strategy.
It follows a recommendation in the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust Public Inquiry report that common standards be developed for appraisals, including 360-degree anonymous feedback by colleagues and input from patients.
Former Mid Staffordshire nurse Helene Donnelly, who blew the whistle on poor care at the trust, suggested the idea in her evidence to the public inquiry.
Professor Juliet Beal, NHS England director nursing for quality improvement and care, said: “There is lots of evidence to show if you do appraisals you have staff who understand what they are doing and feel valued.”
Royal College of Nursing policy director Howard Catton told Nursing Times the kind of appraisal being considered could help improve culture if they were handled correctly.
“You need to have a level of trust where people feel able to feedback upwards as well as reviewing feedback from patients in a way that is genuinely about improvement and does not result in punitive action,” he said.
According to latest NHS staff survey results, 83% of staff received an appraisal in 2012 but only 36% thought it was well structured.
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