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NHS Pay Review Body: staff engagement is ‘critical’ in shift to a seven-day NHS

16 July 2015 - 1:18pm

The CSP has welcomed a key recommendation in a report from the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) on delivering seven-day services. This says that staff engagement is a ‘critical’ component in developing such services.

NHS Pay Review Body: staff engagement is ‘critical’ in shift to a seven-day NHS

Peter Finch: 'It's crucial to involve staff from the beginning in any proposed changes.'

‘We are pleased the PRB has recognised and accepted many of the arguments the CSP has been making over the issue of seven-day services,’ said Peter Finch, the CSP’s assistant director of employment relations and union services.

‘These include the fact that providing services over seven days requires sufficient numbers of staff, who must be properly rewarded.

‘It is also crucial to engage and involve staff from the beginning in any proposed changes, which should be based on evidence which shows an improvement in patient outcomes.’

The report, Enabling the delivery of healthcare services every day of the week, was published by the PRB on 16 July after a review had been conducted. It covers NHS services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

NHS England told the PRB that physiotherapy was among the services that would deliver the greatest clinical benefits if extended to every day of the week.

In its submission to the PRB review, the CSP said that adequate staffing levels was a key issue facing physiotherapy providers trying to offer effective seven-day services.

Pointing out that staffing in most physiotherapy services was based on a five-day pattern, the society emphasised that revising roster systems or shift patterns could not compensate for inadequate staffing levels.

  • John Appleby, chief executive of the King’s Fund, said the think tank’s research over the past nine months had shown that the top concern for NHS financial directors was staff morale.

‘It’s a really important thing this,’ Professor Appleby told a breakfast meeting about NHS funding at the King’s Fund in London on 16 July. ‘We know from research that an unhappy workforce is really bad for the quality of care, so that’s a really concerning finding.’

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