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Safe Staffing

The Trust's current staffing levels for Nurses, Midwives and Care Staff

From June 2014 it became a national requirement for all hospitals to publish information about staffing levels on wards, including the percentage of shifts meeting their agreed staffing levels. This was in response to the Francis Report which called for greater openness and transparency in the health service. The results are available through the NHS Choices website, as well as on our website.

 

Helen Richardson, Director of Nursing comments:

“It is my role as the Director of Nursing to make sure that nurse and midwife staffing is safe.  The quality and safety of care is dependent on our getting staffing for all our teams right, and even more so for nurses and midwives who are at all patients’ bedsides 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Our commitment at Weston is to constantly keep our  nurse and midwife staffing numbers, and the skill mix of our staff, under review so that we respond to the changing needs of the patients we care for.”

 

What is safe staffing?

Safe staffing relies on good management so that posts are filled and deployed effectively and the staff employed is available to work. The Trust has a duty to ensure nursing and midwifery staffing levels are sufficient to maintain safety and provide quality care.

 

Why are we doing this?

The intention of this is to show how trusts across the NHS ensure the safety of their staffing levels and skill mix. The Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for England, Jane Cummings with the National Quality Board (NQB) and the Trust Development Authority (TDA), produced guidance in December 2013 for Trusts which sought to support organisations in making the right decisions to create supportive environments where their staff are able to provide compassionate care.

 

What are we doing?

 

We are undertaking the following

  1. Monthly workforce reporting to the Trust Board supported with clinical indicators, including reported staffing incident.
  2. Six monthly establishment reviews presented to the Trust Board
  3. Each ward display planned versus actual staffing numbers
  4. We publish monthly workforce data on the trust’s public facing website.

 

This will demonstrate how we ensure the safety of our staffing levels and skill mix. It is well documented that shows that nurse staffing levels make a difference to patient outcomes (mortality and adverse events), patient experience, quality of care and the efficiency of care delivery.

 

Monitoring

We have a system in place for monitoring staffing on a daily basis. The acuity/dependency of patients (how sick or dependent they are) is also monitored closely as this ultimately affects that type and amount of care they need.

 

Escalation

There is a process for escalating any concerns and ensuring actions are taken.

 

 

Reviewing Establishments

 

Setting establishments is complex and having the right staff, with the right skills, in the right place is about more than the numbers and type of staff (registered and unregistered) but is also about leadership, culture, support and education.

 

Every month, we will publish information about our staffing levels and provide links to papers discussed in public at our bi-monthly Trust Board Meetings

 

Supporting information

  • Board Papers – bi monthly board meetings, papers and additional information
  • NHS Choices  - information available on the NHS Choices website

 

Have you got any questions about staffing levels?

If you have any questions about staffing levels in our hospitals our staff will be pleased to help or you can contact Helen Richardson.

 

Current Staffing Levels

 

For more details, click on the link for the relevant month below. 

For information about our Staff Equality and Diversity, please click HERE

 

 

2017

 

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017 - National Nurse Staffing Levels

 

 

2016

 

December 2016 - National Nurse Staffing Levels

November 2016 - National Nurse Staffing Levels

October 2016 - National Nurse Staffing Levels

September 2016 - National Nurse Staffing Levels

August 2016 - National Nurse Staffing Levels

July 2016 - National Nurse Staffing Levels

June 2016 - National Nurse Staffing Levels

May 2016 - National Nurse Staffing Levels 

March 2016 - National Nurse Staffing Levels

February 2016  -National Nurse Staffing Levels

January 2016 - National Nurse Staffing Levels

 

2015

Dec 2015

National Nurse Staffing Levels

 

Nov 2015

(NB. Kewstoke had a reduced number of beds due to being refurbished therefore the staffing levels were reduced accordingly)

National Nurse Staffing Levels


OCT 2015

(NB. Due to ward refurbishments the bed base on Berrow and Kewstoke wards were changed therefore staffing number in these areas reflect the change of numbers of staff required to look after the increased/decreased numbers of patients.)

 National Nurse Staffing Levels

 

JULY 2015                                        AUGUST 2015                           SEPT 2015

National Nurse Staffing Levels     National Nurse Staffing Levels   National Nurse Staffing Levels

 

APRIL 2015                                       MAY 2015                              JUNE 2015

 

National Nurse Staffing Levels    National Nurse Staffing Levels   National Nurse Staffing Levels

 

JANUARY  2015

 

 

National Nurse Staffing Levels

 

Trust Nursing Scorecard

 

 

 

 

2014

FEBRUARY  2015

 

 

National Nurse Staffing Levels

 

Trust Nursing Scorecard

 

MARCH  2015

 

 

National Nurse Staffing Levels

 

Trust Nursing Scorecard

 

 

 

 

 

APRIL  2014

 

 

National Nurse Staffing Levels

 

Trust Nursing Scorecard

 

 

 

 

MAY  2014 

 

 

National Nurse Staffing Levels

 

Trust Nursing Scorecard

 

JUNE  2014

 

 

National Nurse Staffing Levels

 

Trust Nursing Scorecard

 

JULY  2014

 

 

National Nurse Staffing Levels **

 

Trust Nursing Scorecard

 

 

 

 

AUGUST  2014

 

 

National Nurse Staffing Levels

 

Trust Nursing Scorecard

 

SEPTEMBER  2014

 

 

National Nurse Staffing Levels

 

Trust Nursing Scorecard

 

OCTOBER  2014

 

 

National Nurse Staffing Levels

 

Trust Nursing Scorecard

 

 

 

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Stepholm Ward Registered Nurse levels at night are reduced when there is no operating on that day. The reduction in registered Nurse is replaced by an extra care worker

NOVEMBER  2014

 

 

National Nurse Staffing Levels

 

Trust Nursing Scorecard

 

DECEMBER  2014

 

 

National Nurse Staffing Levels

 

Trust Nursing Scorecard