Notes to editors
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The statistics comparing staff engagement and both patient mortality and staff absenteeism above can be found in the West, Michael; Dawson, Jeremy (2012) Employee engagement and NHS performance, a paper commissioned by The King’s Fund for the leadership review. Using the NHS annual national staff survey data, the researchers measured how engaged staff were. By comparing this to other NHS data sets, they found a strong correlation between staff engagement and better outcomes, including mortality and absenteeism. The statistics outlined above are equivalent to the following statement made in the West/Dawson paper: ‘An increase of one standard deviation in engagement would be equivalent to a saving of around £150,000 in salary costs alone for an average acute trust.’Leadership and engagement for improvement in the NHS: Together we can is to be published at the annual leadership summit at The King’s Fund on Wednesday 23 May. At the event, Chris Ham and Nicola Harley, Director of Leadership, will be speaking along with Malcolm Grant (the new Chair of the NHS Commissioning Board) and a live stream speech from David Nicholson (Chief Executive of the NHS Commissioning Board). For details of the event please contact Saskia Kendall.
The eight commissioned pieces, available to download, are:
- Alimo-Metcalfe, Beverley (2012) Engaging boards: The relationship between governance and leadership, and improving the quality and safety of patient care
- Bagnall, Pippa (2011) Facilitators and barriers to leadership and quality improvement
- Bohmer, Richard (2012) The instrumental value of medical leadership
- Clark, John (2012) Medical engagement: Too important to be left to chance
- Coulter, Angela (2012) Leadership for patient engagement
- Lemer, Claire; Allwood, Dominique; Foley, Tom (2012) Improving NHS productivity: The secondary care doctor’s perspective
- Welbourn, David; Warwick, Rob; Carnall, Colin; Fathers Dean (2012) Leadership of whole systems
- West, Michael; Dawson, Jeremy (2012) Employee engagement and NHS performance
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