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Safer Staffing

From June 2014 the National Quality Board (NQB)  required all Trusts to report on nursing staffing levels in ward based clinical areas, together with the percentage of shifts that meet safe staffing guidelines. 

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This initiative is part of the NHS response to the report into the Mid-Staffordshire Hospitals which called for greater openness and transparency in the health service. Our monthly Nursing staffing returns are available for you to download as are our Safer Staffing Board reports.

At Southern Health, we aim to provide high quality, safe services which improve the health, wellbeing and independence of the people we serve, and as part of ensuring that we get it right, we launched the Safe Staffing Project.  This project uses evidence based tools and methods to build an accurate picture of the shape and size of our workforce, allowing us to better understand our staffing levels and adjust them accordingly.

As part of this each ward in the Trust also display’s a “Ward Staffing Today” poster showing the planned and actual numbers of staff on shift each day, which is located in an area that can clearly be seen by patients, visitors and staff.

Questions about staffing levels?

If you have any questions about staffing levels, please contact Sue Jewell 023 8087 4000.

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