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NICE sets out guidance on safe nurse staffing levels for hospitals
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Last week, we hosted a twitter discussion on NICE’s ground-breaking new guidelines on safe staffing levels in the NHS. The draft recommendation states that if nurses are looking after more than ...
The government has announced extra funding for mental health nurses to be based at police stations and courts across the country.
This is part of the first ever national workforce plan for the NHS, which aims to recruit and retain more nurses to prevent staffing levels dropping dangerously low.
Earlier this week, the Berwick report was unveiled amidst much speculation that it would recommend minimum staffing levels. However, the report did not give a specific number and instead recommended providers should “ensure they have sufficient staff to meet the NHS’s needs now and in the future”. The review also added support to Robert Francis’ recommendation that NICE develop evidence to enable minimum staffing tools to be devised.
Sir Bruce Keogh’s review, published earlier this month, into the high mortality rates at 14 trusts found that all these trusts were understaffed.
Nearly 40,000 incidents of physical restraint on mental health patients in England were recorded in one year - with more than 3,000 in the “dangerous” face-down position - according to figures released by Mind.
They have warned of “widespread and significant” concerns over the number of district nurses currently being educated, stating that there simply are not enough coming through to replace those who are retiring.