Safer Staffing Return

Published/updated: 09/06/14 17:15

At the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust we believe in delivering high quality care and recognise the need that as an organisation we have to ensure that the right staff are in place at the right time with the right skills.

The document “Hard Truths – The Journey to putting patients first” sets out the commitment by the NHS to publish this data and to deliver the expectations set out in the National Quality Board guidance of November 2013.

From May 2014 all hospitals were required to publish information about the numbers of Nursing and Midwifery staff working on inpatient wards on a monthly basis. Here on the new nursing staffing page we will provide a monthly update on the following information:

      • How many registered care staff – registered nurses and midwives – and how many unregistered care staff – healthcare assistants – we expected to have on shift to meet our patients’ care needs and how many we actually had on that shift.
      • A monthly exception report provides an explanation to the Trust board against those wards where we did not meet the planned staffing level.

For our patients and visitors, staffing information boards are in place on every inpatient area detailing the nurse in charge and how many staff are on each shift. Nursing and Midwifery staffing levels are monitored on every shift and actions taken to address any shortfalls through a staffing shortfall escalation process.

We will continue to work on this information to make it more user friendly, to provide more information and to answer questions that arise between releases of data.

For further information please contact Sam Foster – Chief Nurse

From May 2014 all hospitals were required to publish information about the numbers of Nursing and Midwifery staff working on inpatient wards on a monthly basis. Here on the new nursing staffing page we will provide a monthly update on the following information:

  • How many registered care staff – registered nurses and midwives – and how many unregistered care staff – healthcare assistants – we expected to have on shift to meet our patients’ care needs and how many we actually had on that shift.
  • A monthly exception report provides an explanation to the Trust board against those wards where we did not meet the planned staffing level.

For our patients and visitors, staffing information boards are in place on every inpatient area detailing the nurse in charge and how many staff are on each shift. Nursing and Midwifery staffing levels are monitored on every shift and actions taken to address any shortfalls through a staffing shortfall escalation process.

We will continue to work on this information to make it more user friendly, to provide more information and to answer questions that arise between releases of data.

For further information please contact Sam Foster – Chief Nurse
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