Publication of staffing levels and the 'Sign Up To Safety' campaign

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24 / 6 / 2014 11.32am

Publication of staffing levels

The actual versus planned nurse and midwifery staffing levels in May 2014 have been published on the NHS Choices website today. We are continuing to work with NICE as they develop setting specific guidelines. We will also continue to reinforce that local professional judgement in determining safe staffing is central to patients receiving the right care and the importance of using staff experience measures alongside numbers of staff present. The NICE guideline for acute hospital wards will be published on 15 July 2014.

'Sign Up To Safety' campaign

The Department of Health and NHS England have launched a new safety website which is aimed at allowing the public to see how their hospital is performing on key safety measures. 

NHS Choices safety website: a new microsite ( which gives patients, regulators and staff unprecedented safety data. The seven safety indicators will allow people to look at safety and staffing data across the country, driving up competition and standards.

It includes data to assess whether trusts have an open and transparent culture, alongside data on infection control and cleanliness, whether patients are assessed for risk of blood clots, how hospitals perform on whether their staff would recommend the trust and how they respond to patient safety alerts.

The vast majority of NHS hospitals are rated as 'good' or 'ok' for their reporting culture but to support the Government’s ambition to halve avoidable harm to save up to 6,000 lives over the next three years Jeremy Hunt has also launched a new campaign – Sign Up To Safety – to be led by Sir David Dalton, Chief Executive of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. 

All trusts are invited to join the Sign up to Safety campaign. You can find more information here.

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