Safe staffing levels

Patient Safety Huddle Board on Ward B5

Our Patient Safety Huddle Boards

It is now a national requirement for all NHS trusts to publish information about the number of nursing and midwifery staff working on wards and other inpatient areas. The percentage of shifts that meet the agreed safe staffing levels is also required to be published

The initiative is part of the NHS-wide response to the Francis Report which called for greater openness and transparency in the health service.

Here at The Dudley Group we take the safety of our patients very seriously and are committed to making sure we provide all of our patients with the highest quality care possible.

We publish information about our staffing levels on a monthly basis and a full report of our nursing and midwifery staffing levels is taken to our monthly Board of Directors meetings. We also display real-time information about our staffing levels on our Patient Safety Huddle Boards on our wards.

Overall, we are pleased to report that the Trust exceeds the minimum guidance ratio of one nurse to eight patients. On occasions, where ward staffing does not meet patient dependency, this is escalated to the matron and extra support staff are sought from the Trust’s internal staff bank and in extreme situations staff are moved from a ward with less dependent patients to ensure safe care at all times.


Monthly nurse/midwife staffing position from Board papers

2017
January 2017: Chief Nurse Report
2016
December 2016: Chief Nurse Report
November 2016: Chief Nurse Report
July 2016: Chief Nurse Report
June 2016: Chief Nurse Report
May 2016: Chief Nurse Report
April 2016: Chief Nurse Report
March 2016: Chief Nurse Report
February 2016: Chief Nurse Report 
January 2016: Monthly Nurse/Midwife Staffing Position

2015
December 2015: Monthly Nurse/Midwife Staffing Position (including six monthly report)
November 2015: Monthly Nurse/Midwife Staffing Position
October 2015: Monthly Nurse/Midwife Staffing Position
September 2015: Monthly Nurse/Midwife Staffing Position
July 2015: Monthly Nurse/Midwife Staffing Position 
June 2015: Monthly Nurse/Midwife Staffing Position
May 2015: Monthly Nurse/Midwife Staffing Position
April 2015: Monthly Nurse/Midwife Staffing Position
March 2015: Monthly Nurse/Midwife Staffing Position
February 2015: Monthly Nurse/Midwife Staffing Position
January 2015: Monthly Nurse/Midwife Staffing Position

2014
December 2014: Monthly Nurse/Midwife Staffing Position
November 2014: Monthly Nurse/Midwife Staffing Position
October 2014: Monthly Nurse/Midwife Staffing Position
September 2014: Monthly Nurse/Midwife Staffing Position
July 2014: Monthly Nurse/Midwife Staffing PositionJuly 2014: Minutes
June 2014: Monthly Nurse/Midwife Staffing Position
May 2014: Hard Truths Commitments Report and Update on Nurse Staffing ToolMay 2014: Minutes
February 2014: How to ensure the right people, with the right skills, are in the right place at the right timeFebruary 2014: Minutes

2013
December 2013: How to ensure the right people, with the right skills, are in the right place at the right timeDecember 2013: Minutes