Community nursing safe staffing - have your say

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22 / 4 / 2015 2.14pm

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has today published their latest evidence-based draft scope in relation to safe staffing levels in the NHS.

Following the Francis Inquiry and subsequent reports, NICE has been asked by the Department of Health (DH) and NHS England to produce guidelines on safe staffing in the NHS.

The consultation

Safe staffing for nursing in community care settings is for providers, commissioners, boards, managers and staff who have responsibility for providing community nursing services in the NHS. Settings covered include people's homes, community clinics and any other setting in which care is delivered by the community nursing team for over 18s. The guideline is expected to be published in March 2016.

There are a number of reasons for the review including increasing demand, ageing population with more complex needs, long-term health problems, earlier discharge or discharge of patients with more serious or complicated medical problems, advances in healthcare techniques and technology and decreasing numbers of qualified district nurses and community specialists.

What this means for employers

Employers are encouraged to submit their views on the draft guideline scope to help ensure it is fit for purpose by 5pm on 20 May 2015 using a comments form which can be downloaded from the consultation page on the NICE website.

NHS Employers is interested to hear your views and will be responding on behalf of employers. Please send your comments to

Call for evidence

To support its development, NICE have also issued a call for evidence from organisations on:

  • nursing staff who are part of the nursing establishment in community care settings for over 18s (i.e. providing care for patients in people's homes, community clinics and other settings in which care is delivered by the community nursing team for over 18s)
  • department/unit/team/service capacity data
  • anonymised patient service/user activity data
  • any outcome data relating to performance, patients/service users (such as patient /service user outcomes, incidents etc).

NICE are particularly looking for data recorded in electronic format, spanning the previous 12 months or more along with a contact should NICE need any further information.

The closing date for submissions to the call for evidence is 5pm on 20 May 2015. Find out more from the NICE website.



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