Safe staffing

In its full response to the Francis Report, the Government made a commitment that all NHS organisations with inpatient areas would publish full staffing data by ward level by the end of June 2014 and then on an ongoing monthly basis. The intention of this is to show how trusts across the NHS ensure they have staffing levels and skill mix on their wards.

As a trust with inpatient wards for our mental health and community health services, we are required to publish this information. It will be published in this part of the website, alongside a report to help explain what the data means (please see navigation menu). The report will also incorporate relevant information about patient safety and quality and will be sent to members of the Trust’s Board for agreement prior to publication each month.

The Board has also agreed to receive for formal review on a six monthly basis a Nurse Staffing Level and Skill Mix report. This is further to the report of this nature that the Trust’s Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Governance presented to the Board in March 2014.

This report outlines the National Quality Board (NQB) guidance on safe staffing and the required actions that have been taken to ensure the Trust is fully compliant with the recommendations set.

There is no uniform national approach for setting staffing levels in mental health and community health settings. The report therefore proposes from the professional perspective of the Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Governance a new staffing establishment and skill mix that will enable the Trust to support front line staff in delivering safe, high quality nursing interventions. Further work is being done on dependency and acuity and this will be considered at the October Trust Board meeting.

In addition to the reporting mechanisms explained above, the Trust has processes in place to monitor staffing levels on a daily, shift-by-shift basis. Staffing charts are completed and displayed in a public place in all of our inpatient wards, allowing anyone visiting the ward to clearly see how many registered and unregistered nursing staff are on duty for each shift, and who they are. There are defined escalation arrangements in place for any wards who experience significant variations on agreed staffing levels for a shift.

If you have any questions about the Trust’s safe staffing information, please direct your query using our ‘contact us’ details.

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