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NHS Employers and Medical Leaders tackle varying levels of clinical engagement head on

Welsh NHS Confederation, NHS Wales Employers and BMA Cymru Wales representatives have joined forces to address varying levels of medical engagement across the health service in Wales.

At a workshop held last month to consider the results of the first all-Wales Medical Engagement Survey conducted last year, the Welsh NHS Confederation and NHS Wales Employers pledged to work with BMA Cymru Wales with the aim of delivering a notable improvement in medical engagement over the next three years – after which it has been agreed the survey will be run again.

The results of the survey painted a ‘mixed picture’ across Wales, with positive examples of medical engagement and areas in need of improvement.
BMA Welsh council chair, Dr Phil Banfield, said:

"We welcomed the opportunity to work in partnership with the Welsh NHS Confederation and NHS Wales Employers.

"The results of the medical engagement scale did not come as a surprise to our members… many of these concerns had been raised with us before.

"However, we welcome the commitment to improve engagement with the medical workforce, and expect that by the time the survey is repeated in three years’ time, there will be a measurable change in the culture of the NHS in Wales.

"Hopefully, this culture will be one that is able to report a valued and engaged workforce which is better and safer for patients and that makes Wales an attractive place to train, work and live for doctors."

Vanessa Young, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation, said:

‘We are committed to working together in partnership with BMA Cymru, reflecting and learning from our experiences to promote the great work that is done by the medical workforce but also to improve clinical engagement with the medical workforce across Wales.

"We fully recognise that it will take time to deliver tangible actions and see improvement in Medical Engagement Scale (MES) but it is absolutely time worth taking. The event was a great opportunity to provide focused interaction and to ensure that action plans had the momentum and visibility they need.

"There needs to be an organisational focus on the MES results and a sharing of success stories and positive outcomes to support and feedback to organisations. This will require space for managers and clinicians to engage effectively and Medical Directors will be taking this forward collectively and in partnership at a local level with their Local Negotiating Committees."

Over the next three years work will focus on:

  • Implementing the NHS Wales core principles and increasing the visibility of Health Board/NHS Trust leadership;
  • Improving engagement between clinicians and managers via regular attendance at Local Negotiating Committee (LNC) meetings and communicating the outcomes to all doctors in the Health Board/NHS Trust;
  • Providing the time for doctors to participate in system improvement and promoting innovation
  • Gaining a better understanding of one another’s roles and the pressures faced;
  • Developing work plans to address local survey results and provide regular updates on progress which will be monitored by LNCs;
  • Developing clinical leaders of the future.

For further information please contact:

BMA Cymru Wales, Fifth floor, 2 Caspian Point, Caspian Way, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 4DQ
Telephone: 029 2047 4626
Mobile: 07500 765994
Email: Carla Murphy ([email protected])