It's the final countdown! Your final week to complete the staff survey

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If you haven’t filled out your staff survey it’s not too late to have your say. As the closing date approaches, we’ve busted some myths about the survey:

Why another staff survey?

The NHS wants to know your views on where you work. The information you provide is a really good indicator for the Trust. It highlights what we are doing well and areas we need to focus on and improve, to make EEAST an even better place to work. Comparisons can be made against other areas and previous years.

Do I have to complete the survey?

It’s not compulsory but it is a great opportunity to get your views across. The more people who complete the survey the more accurate the picture will be.

I am worried that I can be identified?

You have been given a unique identification (ID) number so that your name and work contact details are not on the questionnaire. The Trust does not have access to the questionnaires or to any linked personal data (e.g. names and addresses).

So what happens with the information collected?

The surveys are collated by the survey contractors and the data sent to the Staff Survey Co-ordination Centre. The Co-ordination Centre is then able to provide EEAST with data to compare their performance with other organisations and produce national statistics for NHS England. The report that is sent back to EEAST presents the survey findings in summary form, and does not reveal the identity of any of the staff surveyed.

Where will the data be stored?

The data is stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and following the principles of the NHS Confidentiality Code of Practice. Completed questionnaires are returned directly to an independent survey contractor. The data from each questionnaire are then entered into an Excel spreadsheet by the contractor and held in password-protected files. These data are only accessible to a small number of data analysts responsible for inputting the data. After the survey is completed, these data files are sent to the Co-ordination Centre where they are collated and stored in secure files only accessible to the researchers conducting data analysis. The information does not include details of the names of staff that completed the survey. 

I am in dispute with my organisation, and would like to complete the questionnaire but am concerned I may be identified

No one in your organisation will be able to see your responses. Results will only be reported to organisations in summary form and in such a way that it will be impossible to identify an individual's responses.

The closing date is Friday, 1st December. If anyone hasn’t received a notification to complete the survey please contact as soon as possible.

Published 24th November, 2017

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