NHS England has published the results of the 2017 NHS Staff Survey, compiling responses from approximately 1.1 million employees invited to participate.

The NHS Staff Survey is the largest workforce study in the world, and has been conducted annually since 2003. NHS staff are asked about their experience of working for the NHS, providing essential information to national stakeholders and employers across the NHS.

The survey is produced as a resource to NHS trusts and commissioners to help them improve staff experience, and the Care Quality Commission will use the results to help make sure safety and quality standards are being met.

More than 4 out of 5 (81%) respondents were satisfied with the quality of care they were providing to patients.

However, the survey also highlighted that that almost 1 in 6 staff (15%) report experiencing physical violence from patients, relatives of patients, or members of the public, which is clearly cause for concern.