Survey Shows Female NHS Employees Feel Less Valued and Involved Than Males

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25th June 2014 15:25 - Central Government

A new report, published by Hillcroft House UK Ltd, shows that female NHS employees, in England, feel less valued and included at work than males.

Data for the report was collected between 2008 and 2014 and looks into how effectively NHS employees feel equality and diversity policies are being conducted and implemented throughout the organisation.

The findings are broken down into the following categories: total females - white, black and minority ethnic (BME) and lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LBT); total males - white, BME and gay, bisexual and transgender (GBT); total males and females - lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and total males and females BME.

Results showed that less than two fifths (38.1%) of total female NHS employees feel valued and included at work, 0.5% lower than 2012’s reading, but almost 10% (9.9%) up on 2010’s figure (28.2%).

In comparison, over half (54.6%) of all male NHS employees feel valued and trusted at work, which is still more than 5% lower than 2012 (59.7%) and 2010’s (59.4%) numbers.

In 2014, male and female GLBT staff (78.2%) felt more trusted and involved than male and female BME workers (69.3%). This was the case in 2012, 2010 and 2008 as well.

The report’s overall statistics were echoed on a regional level too:

  Total females (White, BME & LBT) Males (White, BME & GBT)
North East 36.1% 58.1%
North West 23.9% 40.3%
Yorkshire & Humbire 31.1% 49%
East Midlands 31.4% 63.9%
West Midlands 34.5% 55.6%
East of England 31.7% 55%
London 58.9% 62%
South East 49% 56.5%
South West 33.9% 49%

Note: % = number of people who strongly agree/agree.

The study finished by saying: “This report concludes that if these trends of NHS employees feeling undervalued continue, the probability of NHS organisations successfully implementing the Francis Report recommendations is reduced. Consequently, the objective to improve patient care may be at risk.

“It is recommended that the survey in this report should be repeated in England in 2016.”

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