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Safer staffing levels in our hospitals
We know that having the right staff with the right skills in the right place at the right time is essential to the delivery of safe, high quality patient care.
That is why, following national guidance, we publish the planned and actual number of nursing and midwifery staff working on each ward, together with the percentage of shifts meeting safe staffing guidelines. Safe staffing isn’t just about the number of staff on the ward. It is also about the different skills and qualifications staff have. The type of illness or conditions on particular wards also needs to be thought about.
Senior nursing staff review and record our staffing levels at every shift to make sure we continue to provide the best care and treatment for our patients. Sometimes less staff are on duty than originally planned. This doesn’t mean staffing was unsafe, there are a number of reasons why this can happen. For example, if there are empty beds on a ward, they won’t need as many staff as when the ward was full.
Safer staffing triangulation
Safe staffing levels on their own do not inform us about the quality of the care our patients receive. In order to do this, we have to triangulate data. This means that we look at staffing levels with a number of other indicators of care quality (such as the number of falls) to see if there is any correlation between staffing levels and the incidence of events.
Staff uniforms and roles
Find out what uniforms our staff wear and about their role at the hospital.
'Hard Truths' commmittments
NHS England and the Care Quality Commission have issued joint guidance to Trusts on the delivery of the ‘Hard Truths’ commitments associated with publishing staffing data regarding nursing, midwifery and care staff levels. View the 'Hard Truths' commitments guidance.
Safer staffing reports
- October - safer staffing
- September safer staffing
- August - safer staffing
- July - safer staffing
- June - safer staffing
- May - safer staffing
- April - safer staffing
- March - safer staffing
- February - safer staffing
- January - safer staffing
Chief nursing officer