Safe Staffing Levels
Nurses, Midwives and care staff in our
Trust are committed to providing compassionate and skilled care to
patients every day.
From April 2014 all hospitals are
required to report and publish the numbers of nurses, midwives and
care staff working on patient wards. This requirement follows the
publication of the Francis Report in 2013 which called for greater
openness and transparency in the Health Service.
We will be presenting this information in a number of ways:
- Displaying daily information on boards for patients and
visitors inside every ward about the number of nurses, midwives and
care staff present and planned on each shift.
- Information about staffing levels will be published monthly on
our website and on NHS Choices. Full details will also be reported
to public meetings of our Board of Directors.
If you have any questions about staffing levels in our hospitals
our staff will be pleased to help or you can contact Carolyn Mills,
Chief Nurse at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Trust's approach to assuring safe staffing levels to
meet day to day patient care lies with clinical Divisions who are
responsible for the on-going management of staffing and ensuring
resources are deployed where needed. Divisional Heads of
Nursing/Midwifery and Matrons assess daily staffing levels on a
regular basis. Nurse staffing levels are proactively managed
through daily divisional meetings where the Matrons and Heads of
Nursing assess current staffing, address shortfalls by reallocating
staff and work with our Temporary Staffing Bureau to escalate where
short falls in staffing cannot be rectified. The steps taken are
- The Ward Sister/Midwife/Charge Nurse will respond to any
unplanned changes to staffing such as staff sickness or changes in
the acuity (the patients' medical condition) and dependency (the
level of nursing care a patient requires) of patients on their
ward. They will escalate to a Matron if any shortfalls in staffing
- Trust Matrons and Senior Midwives will reallocate staff across
their areas of responsibility to ensure safe staffing levels. They
will escalate to their Head of Nursing if they are unable to
resolve issues and ensure safe staffing levels.
- Heads of Nursing and Head of Midwifery will escalate to a
nursing agency if the Trust Temporary Staffing Bureau is unable to
fill shifts. The Heads of Nursing/Midwifery will review the
staffing situation and will undertake a risk assessment across
the whole Trust and will reallocate staff where necessary
to ensure safe staffing levels.
Safe Staffing Levels by Month: