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Safe nurse staffing summit

News and presentations from today's conference chaired by Susan Osborne CBE Chair The Safe Staffing Alliance and with national updates from Health Education England and The Royal College of Nursing.  The conference focused on delivering safer staffing and implementing the National Guidance on safer staffing in practice. 

Dr Pauline Milne MBE Head of Clinical Workforce Development and Planning Health Education England opened the conference with an update on the national picture.  Dr Milne said the mission of Health Education England is to ensure the workforce of today and tomorrow amid the challenges on the healthcare service including the impact of long-term conditions and the ageing population.  Dr Milne said there are lots of models available for staffing but there is no standard model and there needs to be one going forward.  Work is currently in development on an elearning package for safe and effective staffing for the sister/charge nurse/team leader level.  There are 4 modules in latter stages of development with established working groups andgoing to pilot this in a few trusts.  Information will be available at http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/ due Spring 2016

Dr Milne finished by discussing measurement and improvement of staffing levels through implementation of recommendations from the Lord Carter review and the development of the model hospital.

    
Stuart Abrahams Policy Advisor Royal College of Nursing followed with a look at why safe staffing is so important.  He said there is a strong link between nurse safety and patient safety, and went on to demonstrate however that workforce planning does not seem to be happening at the moment in the various different groups.

Looking at where are we now, in terms of this debate, Stuart said; NICE ceased work on safe staffing and did not publish the finished A and E guidelines - work is now with NHS Improvment who are looking at 8 new work streams focusing on safe staffing in different clinical settings.  Stuart detailed problems for national policy initiatives and looked at what is needed.  He said this is a long term approach over a plan of 5-10 years.

 

Safe staffing for older people’s wards
Nicky Hayes
Consultant Nurse for Older People, King’s College Hospital London
Full presentation

Resources
Safe staffing for older people’s wards full report http://www.rcn.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/476379/004280.pdf
Safe staffing for older people’s wards toolkit http://www.rcn.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/479349/004301.pdf
Improving hospital care for older people: a call for action http://www.rcn.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/490162/004362.pdf


Moving forward: how do we change practice and manage staffing over time?
Susan Osborne CBE
Chair The Safe Staffing Alliance

Susan discussed mortality rates and the evidence for safe staffing, and also how patients want one to one care, so it's important to make sure they are being looked after but also that a person is there for them.  She also discussed the importance of staffing being right for staff so for example their lunch break is at a correct time not starting at 7.30 and having lunch at 3.00.

Susan discussed staffing models and said that there is variation across trusts on staffing and this us due to not having not a standard staffing level.

The Safe Staffing Alliance of which Susan is Chair says 1 to 8 is not safe!!

Full presentation

http://www.safestaffing.org.uk/


Future events:

Masterclass: Nurse Led Discharge
Friday 13 May 2016 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Effective Ward Manager
Wednesday 18 May 2016 
Colmore Gate Conference Centre, Birmingham

Nurse Prescribing for Wound Care
Wednesday 18 May 2016 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Eliminating Avoidable Pressure Ulcers
Thursday 19 May 2016 
Colmore Gate Conference Centre, Birmingham

Eliminating Heel Pressure Ulcers
Tuesday 7 June 2016 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Nurse Prescribing
Tuesday 14 June 2016 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Outstanding CQC Inspections in Hospitals
Tuesday 21 June 2016 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Masterclass: Setting up your Nurse-Led Clinic
Tuesday 5 July 2016 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Nursing Appraisal: Supporting Revalidation and the NMC Code of Practice
Thursday 7 July 2016 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Nursing Metrics for Quality Measuring quality in nursing and improvement against the 6Cs
Friday 8 July 2016 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Nurse Prescribing for Pain
Friday 8 July 2016 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Effective Nurse Prescribing in End of Life Care
Friday 16 September 2016 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Masterclass: Nursing Revalidation
Tuesday 20 September 2016 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

 


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