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Best Places to Work

Professor Michael West has compellingly evidenced our instinctive belief: that effective engagement of staff makes a profound difference to the experience, safety and outcomes of patients.

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This supplement is about celebrating the best employers in the NHS. Our aim is to recognise those organisations across the country that are working the hardest for their staff, striving to create workplace environments where staff can enjoy their work.

The organisations on this list reinforce West’s research, while also reflecting the efforts of organisations to sustain and improve the experience of their people in the face of financial and service pressure.

The NHS Five Year Forward View highlighted in particular the contribution the NHS as a group of employers must make to the health and wellbeing of people and communities. A long standing commitment to healthy workplaces characterises many of those featured on this list. This provides evidence to policy makers that the practice to support the ambition in the forward view can already be found across the NHS.

Challenges remain, however, and there is clear variation in the experience of the 1.4 million NHS workers. The NHS is this year renewing efforts to address the poorer experience of black and minority ethnic colleagues, and is also rightly focusing on the poorer experience and opportunities of other communities.

Robert Francis has also challenged us to ensure there is freedom for people to speak up, and for their feedback and concerns to be welcomed and supported. I know all employers are committed to addressing these issues, and look forward to their effort


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