NHS Employers has presented new evidence on the benefits of staff engagement along with good practice examples of employer-led initiatives from across the country aimed at involving and engaging staff.
The organisation says staff engagement and the potential impact it can have on morale, productivity, organisational performance and patient experience are a high priority for the NHS.
Staff engagement was a central theme of Lord Darzi's NHS Next Stage Review. NHS Employers says that evidence points to improved productivity and patient experience when staff feel positively about their employer and have a strong sense of engagement with their place of work.
Alastair Henderson, joint acting director at NHS Employers, said: "Staff engagement is vital to ensuring that the NHS workforce feels valued, motivated and involved in key decisions. Recent evidence highlighting its link with the patient experience makes it more important than ever.
"However, there is more to be done to ensure staff feel engaged and NHS Employers will continue to work in partnership with trade unions on the Social Partnership Forum to take the staff engagement agenda forwards."