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OPINION

The big question: do you feel valued and supported in your role?

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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.

Do you feel that your employer listens to your views? Are you given enough time for reflection?

Your comments could be published in Nursing Times.

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Readers' comments (3)

  • Recently my role changed. Our community teams were integrated. there was little or no consultation with staff. The mantra now is assessment, assessment, assessment. With the backup of, if they don't get done, we (the trust), don't get paid. This leave little time for reflection let alone patient interaction that is sometime meaningful or at times required.

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  • I totally agree with the above statement, there is so much pressure on electronic assessments and timescales for recording and updating that patient contact is reduced.

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  • In order for those using services to 'feel valued', let alone consulted and included this same approach is essential for staff also. Quality services don't just happen. It never ceases to amaze me that something so simple (and at the foundation of good mental health for all human beings) can be either ignored, swept aside or just simply neglected. Whether working on or receiving services we all need to be valued!!

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