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National Quarterly Pulse Survey (NQPS)



Frequency: Quarterly - excluding quarter 3

Background to the collection

The National Quarterly Pulse Survey (NQPS) is being implemented from April 2021, however in quarter 1 2021/22 only organisations utilising the national pulse survey, the People Pulse, were able to participate in the NQPS. All provider organisations will be required to implement from July 2021.

The primary purpose of the NQPS is to provide an additional and more frequent opportunity to hear from staff to help understand  employee experience, and to support decision making and actions for improvement with the ambition of making the NHS the best place to work.  

The NQPS will provide a consistent and standardised approach, nationally and locally, to listening to our NHS people at more regular intervals. It replaces the Staff Friends and Family Test (Staff FFT) to manage burden at a trust level.

The survey consists of the nine questions which make up the existing Engagement theme of the NHS Staff Survey, measuring motivation, advocacy, and involvement. The results of these questions will be submitted / collected centrally. Organisations may choose to add additional questions when using own survey providers, however there is no requirement for results from any additional questions to be submitted centrally.

Launch and submission dates

Reporting period Submission start date Submission deadline date
NQPS - August 2021 26 July 2021 8 August 2021
NQPS - February 2022 1 February 2022 8 February 2022
NQPS - May 2022 2 May 2022 9 May 2022


Data Provision Notice

Last edited: 25 May 2022 1:10 pm