The evidence from more than two decades of study is that a workforce that feels valued and has an element of control over its future is healthier and more productive. High levels of staff engagement result in improved levels of patient satisfaction, so staff wellbeing is essential to patient wellbeing.
Following one of the most challenging years on record for the NHS, in which staff have been stretched far beyond expectations, winners of this award will be organisations which can demonstrate successful initiatives driving retention, prospects and positive working environments.
Judges are looking for examples of positive working culture with clear channels of discussion and recourse; an accepting and open environment with consideration to protect characteristics and initiatives driving representation; projects aimed at bringing staff into the decision making process and improving the lives of patients as a result.
This award is open to all NHS organisations which can demonstrate high levels of staff engagement.