NICE consults on guidance for safe staffing in acute hospitals

Group of hospital staff

12 / 5 / 2014 3.34pm

On 12 May, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published their guidance for consultation “Safe staffing for nursing in adult inpatient wards in acute hospitals”. It is open for organisations to comment until 5pm on 10 June 2014. 

We know that safe staffing is an issue of great concern and interest to employers and would encourage NHS organisations to read the draft documentation and respond directly to NICE via the proforma they have developed. You can download the proforma now from the NICE website

Have your say

You will notice that it asks for organisations to register as a stakeholder. We have received advice from NICE that NHS organisations providing an organisational response, not individual comments, should first submit their request to be a registered stakeholder and then follow that with their completed proforma with comments. 

You do not need to wait until confirmation has been provided by NICE to submit your comments.

Next steps

During the period of consultation, NHS Employers will continue its dialogue with employers to inform the views and comments we provide to NICE on your behalf as part of their Steering Group. 

Find out more

You may also wish to view Dean Royles' latest blog on safe staffing and read in full our media release where Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said:

Patient safety is at the heart of the NHS and it’s vital that decisions on staffing are made locally and at the point of care, using robust evidence and looking at the whole picture. This is no easy quick fix solution. It's not just about numbers but the right staff with the right skills."

More information is also available on our nursing workforce pages.


Caroline Waterfield

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