Just under half of NHS staff think that healthcare professionals and management work well together, figures from the 2009 NHS staff survey reveal.

The survey, published by the Care Quality Commission today, reveals that 45 per cent of staff felt that healthcare staff and management worked well together, which was up 1 per cent from last year; 27 per cent felt their managers involved them in important decisions, the same as 2008; and 36 per cent of staff felt they were encouraged by their managers to suggest new ideas, compared with 34 per cent in 2008.

The 2009 survey included new questions following the publication of the Boorman review into the health and wellbeing of NHS staff, and it showed that 67 per cent of staff said they had attended work when unwell.

Of these, 28 per cent felt that managers had put pressure on them to work when they were ill, and 21 per cent said they felt under pressure from colleagues to attend work.

In ambulance trusts, 41 per cent of staff reported pressure from managers to work when unwell.

The survey was completed by 55 per cent of 290,000 staff invited to respond, and overall, the survey showed that 26 of its 40 key findings improved, two fell, eight remained unchanged, and four were new to the 2009 survey.

There were increases in the proportion of staff who are satisfied with the quality of work and patient care they are able to deliver, had health and safety training in the previous twelve months, and were appraised with personal development plans in the last 12 months. 

There was also a small increase in staff job satisfaction and a decrease in the proportion of staff who said they are thinking of leaving their trust.