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Safe Staffing Summit: A Practical Guide to Safe and Effective Nursing Staffing Levels and Skill Mix

Friday 9 March 2018
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Safe Staffing Summit: A Practical Guide to Safe and Effective Nursing Staffing Levels and Skill Mix
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“Appropriate nursing staffing levels are critical to the delivery of safe and effective care. The planning and delivery of safe and effective care is complex, and is dependent on the constantly changing circumstances of patients’ diagnosis and treatment when they access any type of health and care service. When we refer to “safe and effective staffing”, we mean that health and care services have: • the right numbers • with the right skills • in the right place • at the right time.” Royal College of Nursing September 2017

“We are clear that safe and effective staffing levels should not be understood as one fixed number or ratio. Instead, it is essential to ensure that a systematic approach is in place which triangulates the use of a planning tool alongside guidance for different settings, and used with the professional judgement of registered nurses….The education level, practical training, skills and experience that nursing staff hold need to be considered when determining how many staff are needed, and when setting the skill mix.” Royal College of Nursing September 2017

“We found numerous examples of services rated good and outstanding for being caring. Where we found issues, these chiefly resulted from poor staffing levels” Care Quality Commission, March 2017

This National Safe Staffing Summit focuses on delivering safe and effective nurse staffing levels and skill mix in practice. This evidence is clear that safe and effective nurse staffing levels improves the quality of care and patient safety. This is particularly important considering the CQC findings on staffing and the recent RCN survey where over half of the 9504 survey respondants said that their last “shift was not staffed to the level planned and that care was compromised. One-third report having to leave elements of patient care undone due to a lack of time, while two-thirds are working extra time – on average another hour per shift, for which they are hardly ever paid.” (RCN 2017)

The important issues of skill mix, acuity monitoring, recognizing red flag events and escalation will be discussed. Delegates will be updated on implementing the national guidance on safe staffing levels including the use of the Care Hours Per Patient Day (CHPPD) metric. There will be an extended session focusing on evidence informed decision support tools for safe staffing, on delivering safe staffing 34/7, and an update on the guidance on Improving staffing on Inpatient wards for adults in acute hospitals.

Through expert extended sessions and practical NHS Trust case studies delivered by experienced nurse directors, the conference will take a practical approach to supporting you to review and improve nursing staffing and skill mix in your service.

“The ambiguity and uncertainty that exists for our nurses and patients cannot continue. A good day should not be a rare or chance event.” Janet Davies Chief Executive, Royal College of Nursing, September 2017

 

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