Further decline in staff experience of NHS staff

Further decline in staff experience of NHS staff

The NHS National Staff Survey 2022 results, published 9 March 2023, highlight the ongoing challenges within the NHS. The annual survey, carried out in autumn 2022, is published today and covers staff in all 215 NHS trusts in England, across all roles. 

Unsurprisingly, this year’s results illustrate a decline in key indicators of staff experience from a low base last year which can be attributed to number of factors including the impact of COVID and longer term dissatisfaction and poor conditions, staffing levels and pay.

There is also a decline in safety reporting which had previously been rising as below.

NHS Employers say that “Staff discontent on pay is reflected in a fall in staff feeling well rewarded and the results demonstrate lower staff confidence in the quality of care they feel able to deliver, compared with last year. There has also been a decrease in staff morale. Many top-level indicators have stabilised this year however, staying broadly the same as in 2021. And there is positive news with an improvement in staff perception of support for learning and development and an increase in feelings around positive teamworking and support from line managers.”



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