Our NHS People Promise

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This is a promise we must all make to each other – to work together to improve the experience of working in the NHS for everyone.

The themes and words that make up Our People Promise have come from those who work in the NHS. People in different healthcare roles and organisations have made it clear what matters most to them, and what would make the greatest difference in improving their experience in the workplace. This is what we should all be able to say about working in the NHS, by 2024.

For many, some parts of the Promise will already match their current experience. For others, it may still feel out of reach. We must all pledge to work together to make these ambitions a reality for all of us, within the next four years.

The people best placed to say when progress has been made are those who work in the NHS. From 2021 the annual NHS Staff Survey will be redesigned to align with Our People Promise.

Using the Staff Survey as the principal way to measure progress will enable teams and departments, as well as whole organisations, to see their progress and take action to improve.

Only by making Our People Promise a reality will the NHS become the best place to work for all – where we are part of one team that brings out the very best in each other.

The Promise

We are 1.3 million strong.

We are all walks of life, all kinds of experiences.

We are the NHS.

The NHS is an extraordinary, world-class service. Together we have achieved, and continue to achieve, the extraordinary. We should all feel proud of this.

We want our culture to be positive, compassionate, and inclusive – and we all have our part to play.

  • We are a team
  • We work flexibly
  • We are always learning
  • We are safe and healthy
  • We each have a voice that counts
  • We are recognised and rewarded
  • We are compassionate and inclusive

Click here to read the full NHS People Promise