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Latest safe staffing guidance for mental health unveiled


Having friends, and professional friends plus myself who all work in varying Mental health arenas from community to High secure, both NHS and Private, the pervading view of staff in levels is one of resignation, resigned to arrive on duty and the staff numbers allocated are over 75% of the time, below the optimum by 1 or more, but staff are expected to still hit targets set, offer meaningful activities , therapeutic sessions, and manage any non planned issues or incidents as they arise. I know its an old fashioned idea but anyone who in an inpatient setting who is managing a shift, just do this :- Sit down for 20 mins and do a quick paper exercise on staff hours available per shift, ie 6 staff for 7 hours a day = 42 available staff hours then list your essential task hours like medication , meal times , and observation hours , then your 1:1 sessions with clients, and see how many hours are left to carry everything else, see if it fits, I bet most of you find it just does not fit. then take one staff away ie 7 hours from 42 hours and then see if it fits. this is what is happening to a lot of inpatient wards a lot of the working below staffing levels ,then take this to your manager/matron/or even CQC anonymously

Posted date

16 March, 2017

Posted time

6:47 pm