The NHS Trust Development Authority has produced a film on safe nurse and care staffing to support directors of nursing to provide high quality care for patients.
The film focuses on case studies from four trusts, including the one created from the merger last year of the former Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust with a neighbouring organisation.
The four trusts are University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, Mersey Care NHS Trust and Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.
“Safe levels of nurse and care staffing are vitally important for patients”
The featured trusts illustrate how they have dealt with the challenges around safe staffing levels through recruitment strategies, planning establishments, collecting data and other key strategies, said the authority.
It added that the cases studies highlighted throughout the “impact safe staffing has on the patient”.
Both the Care Quality Commission and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which is in the process of publishing a series of guidance on safe nursing levels for the NHS, have contributed content to the film.
Peter Blythin, the authority’s nursing director, said: “Safe levels of nurse and care staffing are vitally important for patients, for staff and for everyone involved in the NHS.
“We hope that by sharing learning and experiences from these four trusts we can stimulate further work across the NHS trust sector on improved, sustainable nurse and care staffing levels and that we can continue to deliver improvements in patient care,” he said.