The Department of Health (DH) has published two separate surveys, one on the public perceptions of the NHS and social care, and the other on NHS Staff attitudes. Fieldwork for both surveys took place towards the end of 2011.
Public Perceptions of the NHS and Social Care is a regular survey that provides a useful check on public sentiment and experience relating to the NHS and social care. The study has been running at regular intervals since spring 2000. It is commissioned by DH and conducted by Ipsos Mori. The results of the study form an overall picture, as perceived by the public, of the NHS and social care. Core questions are asked in each wave of the survey, but there is flexibility that allows us to ensure that the survey reflects the most current issues facing the NHS.
This survey complements other major surveys commissioned by DH but is unique in the fact that it focuses on the general public, rather than patients only, and therefore provides an independent view on how key NHS and social care issues are regarded by the public.
The NHS Staff Attitudes Tracking survey has been conducted at regular intervals since 2008. It provides an overview of NHS staff morale and engagement, plus awareness of attitudes towards a range of DH and NHS initiatives. The questionnaire includes a core module covering staff morale/advocacy and there is flexibility that allows us to ensure that the survey reflects the most current issues facing the NHS. It is unique in that it is the only NHS workforce survey that includes a robust sample of NHS staff working in a range of primary, secondary and community settings.
A letter outlining the details of 2012-13 fieldwork for those NHS staff members who participate in the next edition of the NHS staff attitudes tracking survey, is attached.