25 / 3 / 2015 3.56pm
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have published their guideline scope on management and organisational approaches to safe staffing in England.
Available for comment until the 22 April 2015, it covers all settings in which nursing or midwifery care is recevied by NHS patients and people using NHS services. This includes home settings and private facilities that provide care for the NHS.
What this means for employers
Intended for providers of NHS services, commissioners, boards and managers or organisations and services, NHS Employers encourages you to submit your views. Key areas covered in the guideline include:
- management approaches (policies, procedures and models) for supporting safe staffing
- organisational approaches (policies, procedures and models) for assessing and changing culture and leadership.
You can access the consultation and comments form on the NICE website. NHS Employers would also be interested to hear your feedback/comments on the guideline scope. Please email email@example.com to share your views.
Background to safe staffing and NICE guidelines
Following the Sir Robert Francis report and the Berwick review into patient safety, the Department of Health and NHS England tasked NICE with producing guidelines on safe staffing in the NHS. The focus of this work is on nursing and midwifery staffing, including support staff to ensure there is an appropriate balance of skill-mix across the whole team on the wards and in other settings.
For more information about this NICE programme of work, visit their website.