This week HSJ, with our sister title Nursing Times and NHS Employers, launches the Healthcare 100, which aims to identify the 100 best healthcare employers in the country.

The Healthcare 100 works on the simple principle that organisations providing the best working environment for their staff will deliver the best services for patients -as the Healthcare Commission believes.

And it will be the assessment of staff themselves that will be crucial. Ipsos Mori will be surveying the workforce at organisations that have decided to participate to examine issues such as staff engagement, job satisfaction, patient focus, feeling valued, and understanding the organisation's objectives.

Among the factors under the spotlight are training and development, performance management, leadership, work-life balance and promoting diversity. Organisations will be able to benchmark their results against others doing the same work as them.

The winners will be announced in the spring.

To find out more about entering go to