The family and friends test was created to help the practice understand whether their patients are happy with the service provided, or where improvements are needed. It is a quick and anonymous way to give your views after receiving care or treatment across the NHS.
You will be asked to answer the question: "How likely are you to recommend our service to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?"
You can rank your answer from "extremely likely" to "extremely unlikely". You will also have the opportunity to explain your ranking by adding comments, and you may be asked some follow-up questions. This is important, because service providers can only make changes if they know exactly what is or isn’t working.
Your answer is voluntary. But if you do answer, your feedback will provide valuable information for the service to celebrate positive feedback, and identify opportunities to make improvements. At the moment, around 9 out of 10 patients say they would recommend the service they've used, which lets staff know that their efforts have been appreciated.
Your answer will not be traced back to you, and your details will not be passed on to anyone. A friend or a member of your family is welcome to answer the question if you are unable to. Service providers are encouraged to make the FFT accessible to all patients. This means they should be able to help patients that may need assistance, such as people with disabilities, literacy issues or mental health problems.
Service providers will gather the results and analyse them rapidly to see if any action is required. The responses to the FFT question will be used to create an overall score. The comments, however, are retained by the service, to pass on to staff and managers.
Click here to complete the survey