Mid Staffs trust used 60% HCAs
A skill mix of just 40% nurses and 60% healthcare assistants was introduced at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust to plug a £10m funding gap, the inquiry has been told.
Sharon Llewellyn, complaints manager at the trust from 1998 to 2009, told the inquiry the skill mix was worse on wards that cared for elderly patients and just two matrons covered both of the trust’s hospitals.
The inquiry heard that employees had raised incident forms in relation to staffing levels. Levels improved after Helen Moss took over as director of nursing in 2006.