Nurse staffing levels

How do we ensure we have the right people, with the right skills in the right place at the right time? We know how important it is to our patients and their relatives that they receive high quality, compassionate care.

For our staff to be able to do this it is vital we have the right numbers of staff, with the right skills on our wards.

Any deviations in staffing capacity and capability are detailed in our monthly board reports and a six monthly report is also published on expectations relating to nursing, midwifery and care staffing capacity and capability.

History

Following the Francis Report into the Mid Staffordshire scandal the government published the Hard Truths document which called for transparent monthly reporting of ward-by-ward staffing levels. The National Quality Board then published guidance for NHS organisations to support them to do this.

In response to these reports, we began publishing nurse staffing levels, right down to individual ward level. You are be able to see how many staff (registered nurses and health care assistants) were on shift over the month versus how many were planned.

At a glance

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Jo Loughborough, patient experience practitioner, with one of the staffing level boards

Daily staffing levels are visible on all our wards with prominent boards displaying staff numbers. Anyone walking onto our wards can see at a glance how many nurses were planned for the shift, how many are actually on duty and what is being done if the levels fall short.