Safe staffing resources - have your say

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NHS Improvement has produced draft guidance on safe staffing management in acute and learning disability settings.

Employers are invited to feedback on the draft documents by 3 February 2017.

Ensuring services are staffed with the appropriate number and mix of clinical professionals is vital to the delivery of quality and safe care. The draft improvement resources advise a flexible, pragmatic approach to safe staffing, and the use of evidence-based tools and appropriate skills mix to assess and meet local need. 

The work has been carried out by NHS Improvement after NHS England and the Department of Health suspended work on safe nurse staffing by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) last year. The Francis report recommended that NICE should produce “evidence based tools for establishing what each service is likely to require as a minimum in terms of staff numbers and skill mix”.

Two draft resources have been developed so far, covering adult inpatient services in acute hospital wards and learning disability services. These resources are the first in a series of seven, to be produced over the coming months.

Have your say on the draft guidance

NHS Employers will be submitting a response on behalf of employers. If you would like to input into this response, please email by 23 January. Alternatively, you can submit your individual responses to NHS Improvement by 3 February.

Find out more on our safe staffing web page.

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