Evaluating the evidence on employee engagement and its potential benefits to NHS staff: a narrative synthesis of the literature

National Institute for Health Research, June 2015

The objective of this study is to evaluate evidence and theories of employee engagement within the NHS and the general workforce to inform policy and practice. Four research questions focused on definitions and models of engagement; the evidence of links between engagement and staff morale and performance; approaches and interventions that have the greatest potential to create and embed high levels of engagement within the NHS; and the most useful tools and resources for NHS managers in order to improve engagement.

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Fellowship opportunities: Clore Social Leadership Programme

Equality and Diversity Forum, 12 May 2015

Applications for the Clore Social Leadership programme are open from 11 May to midday on 25 June 2015.

Clore Social develops leaders with a social purpose so they can transform the world around them.

The fully-funded Fellowship programme includes residential training, coaching, mentoring, a secondment, a research project and an individualised budget to spend on development. It’s all tailored to the individual, undertaken alongside the most inspiring, creative and supportive people you’re ever likely to meet.

Three new Specialist Fellowships are also available for 2016, for those working on gender equality, with young people and with migrant communities. Specialist Fellowships focused on finance, older people, North East England, housing and homelessness, ex-service personnel and economic resilience are also offered.

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HSJ interactive toolkit identifying the barriers to change in the NHS and practical solutions

HSJ, April 2015

Explore the HSJ interactive toolkit identifying the barriers to change in the NHS and practical solutions – as identified by NHS staff and service users.
HSJ, together with sister title Nursing Times and NHS Improving Quality, launched the Challenge Top-Down Change campaign to find out if the power of the crowd could help NHS organisations change better.

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Leadership and leadership development in health care: The evidence base

The King’s Fund, February 2015

A key challenge facing all NHS organisations is to nurture cultures that ensure the delivery of continuously improving high-quality, safe and compassionate health care. Leadership is the most influential factor in shaping organisational culture and ensuring the necessary leadership behaviours, strategies and qualities are developed is fundamental.

The Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, The King’s Fund and the Center for Creative Leadership share a commitment to evidence-based approaches to developing leadership and collectively initiated a review of the evidence by a team including clinicians, managers, psychologists, practitioners and project managers. This report summarises the evidence emerging from that review.

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Staff engagement: six building blocks for harnessing the creativity and enthusiasm of NHS staff

The King’s Fund, Feburary 2015

There is now an overwhelming body of evidence to show that engaged staff deliver better health care. Trusts with more engaged staff tend to have lower levels of patient mortality, make better use of resources, and have stronger financial performance and higher patient satisfaction, with more patients reporting that they were treated with dignity and respect.

This paper encourages boards and other leaders to focus on staff engagement and suggests a number of questions boards can ask to assess their organisation’s level of staff engagement.

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Key to Care: Report of the Burstow Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce

Local Government Information Unit, 2 December 2014

The Burstow Commission was formed to look into the state of home care, the level of workforce currently in place and what needs to change in order to ensure that home care is safe and efficient in the future.  This report outlines clear recommendations on what needs to change to have a professional, well-paid, well-trained and properly regulated workforce who can provide the quality of care at home that people need. But it also recognises the complex nature of social care and the interrelatedness of problems and solutions. It features the stories of care workers, in their own words, who powerfully speak on both what needs to change and what could be the future of care.

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Decisions of Value

King’s Fund Blog, 16 October 2014

This research from the NHS Confederation explores the importance of having the right relationships, behaviours and environment to deliver better value of care in the NHS . It identifies a number of different factors that support good decision-making, focusing on the judgments made every day between clinicians and managers.

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