NHS England and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have issued joint guidance to Trusts on the delivery of the ‘Hard Truths’ commitments associated with publishing staffing data regarding nursing, midwifery and care staff levels.
The guidance, issued by Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, and Professor Sir Mike Richards, the CQC’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals, follows on from National Quality Board guidance ‘How to ensure the right people, with the right skills, are in the right place at the right time’ and Government commitments in ‘Hard Truths’.
The guidance states that staff numbers will need to be displayed on boards outside all inpatient ward areas. It also covers the frequency with which Boards and Trusts need to display and evaluate staffing data and publish their reports online, and the dates when stock takes of their progress will be undertaken.
Research demonstrates that staffing levels are linked to the safety of care and that staff shortfalls increase the risks of patient harm and poor quality care.
Full details of the guidance, including a document of FAQs and a timetable of actions, can be found on the NHS England website at http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/04/01/hard-truths/