Staffing levels: Hard Truths commitments

Our nursing staff treat those in their care with compassion and respect, in patient’s homes, wards and clinics across the Trust.

It is a national requirement to publish information about staffing levels on all inpatient wards.  This reporting involves two things:

  1. Clearly display information about the nurses and care staff present on each ward, on each shift

All of our inpatient wards have white boards in place in plain sight in public areas, which detail staffing levels on a shift by shift basis.

  1. Our Trust Board will receive monthly updates on workforce information

This will include the number of actual staff on duty during the previous month, compared to the planned staffing level, the reasons for any gaps and any actions being taken to address these. This report is available below and will be updated on a monthly basis.

We would expect the actual level to be close to the planned level. However, if a ward is below 100%, it doesn’t mean it is understaffed or unsafe. Likewise, if a ward is above the planned level, it doesn’t mean a ward is overstaffed. Safe staffing is much more complex and takes into account key aspects like the type and size of ward.

The Trust has implemented a systematic process for reviewing staffing levels, which is supported by figures that measure the safety of care delivered. See below for the latest six monthly workforce review, which was shared with our Board in May 2014.

A piece of data in isolation will never reflect the context or complexities of patient care. But by bringing together a range of data, information and patient and public feedback, it starts to build a picture of the quality of services.

Publishing more accessible and meaningful data will lead to greater public scrutiny, which will drive improvement.

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