How many times have we heard the mantra that “our staff are our biggest asset”? And how many times has this produced an upward roll of the eyes from staff who feel anything but valued? 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.
This award is about recognising organisations that have turned the theory of engaging with staff into reality. It will recognise organisations that are able to demonstrate that staff engagement is at the heart of their culture – where they are at the heart of decision making processes, feel valued, and understand the values of the organisation.
- A clear rationale for specific staff engagement initiatives
- An explanation of how the initiatives drew on existing best practice
- Evidence that staff engagement has improved. This will preferably be quantitative, but can include qualitative aspects as well.
- Evidence that improved staff engagement has led to improved patient care, improved experience, improved outcomes and/or improved value for money. This must have a quantitative aspect, but can include qualitative feedback as well.
- Projects which have embedded and spread to other departments, settings or organisations.
- Alternatively, clear evidence the work is potentially replicable and scalable.
- Evidence the staff engagement initiative has led to improved value for money
- Clear evidence of strong partnership working with trade unions
- Where relevant, patient involvement in the design of the staff engagement initiative
- An open culture, in which all staff feel comfortable raising concerns and confident they will receive an effective response