Gillian Leng presenting today on looking ahead to the new NICE guidance
Gillian’s presentation included an update on NICE’s role in setting guidelines on safe staffing including the process overview, initial issues raised and mental health topics.
Gillian said the key messages in the guidelines were:
Staffing levels relate to patient needs
Registered nurses and skill mix
Role of red flags
No single minimum number
Monitoring and flexibility is important
Gillian concluded her presentation by saying that the First NICE guideline on safe staffing in adult wards is out for consultation and the first mental health topic is mental health inpatient settings
Gillian said challenges relate to lack of evidence and data.
“Prioritising nurse staffing is only one element – work on whole team staffing models also required.”
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Download: Prof Gillian Leng Presentation17 November 2014