26 February 2015
More staff at the Royal Free London feel that their role makes a difference to patients than at other hospital trusts across the country.
The results of the 2014 NHS staff survey, which were released this week, also showed that the Royal Free London is in the top 20% of acute trusts for staff agreeing that they would feel secure raising concerns about unsafe clinical practice, which is particularly important following the Francis report.
A total of 3,850 Royal Free London staff took part in the survey, equating to 44% of the organisation. Positively, a higher number of staff than at many other trusts said that they feel their role makes a difference to patients and feel satisfied with the quality of work and patient care they are able to deliver. Many staff also reported that they have well-structured appraisals and that work pressure has reduced.
The overall staff engagement at the trust was also rated as higher than average. The results show that the Royal Free London was able to complete the acquisition and come together as a new organisation without deterioration in staff engagement a significant achievement.
David Grantham, head of workforce and organisational development, said: “We should be proud that our staff are engaged and motivated. It is particularly satisfying to see that staff feel that their role makes a difference to patients and that they feel satisfied with the quality of work and patient care they are able to deliver.
“This is hugely encouraging in light of the joining of our two organisations and the changes which staff have had to adapt to. It shows our combined and continued commitment to providing world class care to our patients."
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About the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
The Royal Free began as a pioneering organisation and continues to play a leading role in the care of patients. Our mission is to provide world class expertise and local care. In the 21st century, the Royal Free London continues to lead improvements in healthcare.
The Royal Free London attracts patients from across the country and beyond to its specialist services in liver, kidney and bone marrow transplantation, haemophilia, renal, HIV, infectious diseases, plastic surgery, immunology, vascular surgery, cardiology, amyloidosis and scleroderma and we are a member of the academic health science partnership UCLPartners.
In July 2014 Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital became part of the Royal Free London. Read 'A bigger trust, a better future'.