CCGs’ staff say they’re happy at work

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Staff working for NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are more likely to recommend their organisation as a place to work than the national average, an annual survey has shown.

More staff than ever (86 per cent) completed the national NHS Staff Survey across the CCGs – the organisations that plan and buy health services across the Fylde Coast – an increase of almost 10 per cent on last year.

More than 80 per cent said they were unlikely to look for a job at a new organisation in the next 12 months and 73 per cent felt involved in deciding changes that affect their work, both significantly above the national average of all participating CCGs.

Dr Amanda Doyle OBE, chief clinical officer for the two CCGs, said: “It’s great that the majority of our staff feel positive about working for the CCGs.

“This has been a year of change for many people here as we have brought the two organisations together under a single leadership team with some team members to relocating from the offices in Wesham to Blackpool Stadium.

“It has been encouraging to see staff embrace these organisational changes and the positive responses to the survey have really backed that up for us.

“Of course there are some areas for improvement which have come out of the survey and we will work with our staff to address these.”

Of the 58 CCGs that took part in the NHS Staff Survey, the Fylde Coast CCGs had the 11th highest average number of positive responses to questions.

Nationally, 569,000 NHS employees across 300 separate organisations responded to this year’s survey, with the results showing staff morale has improved across the NHS.

Staff also reported that the quality of care in the NHS has improved over the past year, with more than seven in 10 saying they would recommend their organisation to their family and friends for treatment, a proportion that has increased every year for the past five years.

Sir Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, said: “It’s welcome news that according to more than half a million NHS employees, staff morale is now improving, and patient safety scores are now at a five year high.

“While teams across the country are under real pressure, NHS staff consistently go the extra mile for patients.”