March 3, 2016

NHS Staff Survey - 2015 Results

The latest NHS staff survey reveals that 15% of staff have experienced physical violence from patients, relatives or members of the public in the past 12 months.

The figure for staff experiencing physical assault has remained at this level since 2012, however, 28 per cent of respondents said they had experienced verbal abuse or harassment from these groups.

Reporting procedures appear to be improving too with 64 per cent replying that they had reported their latest experience of physical violence.

The 2015 NHS Staff Survey involved 297 NHS organisations in England. Over 741,000 NHS staff were invited to participate using a self-completion postal questionnaire survey or online. We received responses from 299,000 NHS staff, a response rate of 41% (42% in 2014). Fulltime and part-time staff who were directly employed by an NHS organisation on September 1st 2015 were eligible. Fieldwork for the survey was carried out between late September and early December 2015. 

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