Hospital nurses helping boost transparency on ward staffing numbers
Nurses around the country are helping introduce new measures to introduce transparency on ward staffing levels.
From the end of the month, trusts in England must begin displaying individual ward staffing levels on boards outside all adult inpatient wards.
Many trusts have already begun to do so, including Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (all pictured above).
The idea was inspired by work pioneered by nurses at Salford Royal Foundation Trust, under the leadership of executive nurse director Elaine Inglesby-Burke.
The roll-out of the measure was announced by the government last year, following recommendations made by the Francis report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.
However, the ward-level information does not currently have to include the number of patients – leading some high profile nurses to repeat calls for the introduction of mandatory nurse-to-patient ratios.
In addition to this measure, trusts are also now required to submit monthly ward data for publication on the NHS Choices website. The first datasets are due to be published later today.
Trusts must also put together a six-monthly report on staffing capacity and capability following an establishment review, and compile a monthly report on staffing to be presented to the trust board each month.