A new report by the Point of Care Foundation has found that staff who feel valued have a positive impact on care.
The report, Staff Care: How to Engage Staff in the NHS and Why it Matters, said that while most NHS trusts claim staff engagement is a key priority, actual engagement levels are relatively low. This is particularly so for nurses, it warned, with just 27% feeling actively engaged in their organisations.
Pulling together a range of evidence from research, it stresses the importance of “staff engagement” and the need for nurses and others to feel truly valued.
It flagged up links between staff wellbeing and rates for healthcare- associated infections and patient mortality. When it comes to death rates there is a strong correlation with staff satisfaction, “with the strongest correlation among nurses”, it said.
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