LOCAL health workers are being asked what it is like to work for the National Health Service.
The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust is sending out questionnaires to 850 staff as part of what is believed to be the largest workforce survey ever undertaken.
It is the first time a national NHS staff survey has been carried out across England with about 380,000 NHS staff taking part.
Phillip Marshall, the trust's assistant director of personnel and development, said: "Although the trust has surveyed our staff before, this is the first time that we have done so as part of a national survey.
"For the first time, we will be able to compare ourselves to other, similar NHS organisations.
"The survey will tell us what changes our staff would like to see in their working practices and what sort of personal development opportunities they would like," said Mr Marshall.
"It will also help us to monitor how staff are balancing their working life with their personal life.
"All responses will be treated in strict confidence and the results will be made anonymous before publication."
Changes that have been made locally in the past as a result of asking staff's views include improved childcare, the introduction of stress management courses, new policies to deal with organisational change, freedom of speech, moves against harassment and bullying and improved training and development facilities.
The national survey is being organised by the independent health watchdog, the Commission for Health Improvement.
The main part of the survey will cover issues such as team working, work/life balance, errors and incidents and leadership and supervision.
The trust will also be able to add questions to get more local information.