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News and updates from today's Safe Staffing Summit

Susan Osborne CBE opens today's conferenceSusan Osborne CBE opens today's conference

Conference chair, Susan Osborne CBE opens today's conference with a welcome and introduction on 'Effective Nurse Staffing and Skill mix - Safe, sustainable and prductive staffing: The Safe Staffing Alliance Update' covering:

• nursing staffing levels and skill mix: getting it right for patients
• safe, sustainable and productive staffing: an update from The Safe Staffing Alliance

Susan comments: "In failing organisations, an exec director could ask for a report
Middle  management might provide a report that they think the board might want to hear
This would mean that the board isn’t getting the info they need & is a weak board

Key issue is nurse staffing
Lack of funding
Trusts trying to substitute unregistered staff
Reasons these trusts were highlighted is as a result of poor mortality rates
Staff were reporting issues but no-one listened

No-one intentionally does a bad job. We all want to do everything to the highest level

‘Keep politicsout of the heart of health services’
No matter which party is in power, they get far too involved in NHS

Lost about 4000 band 7&8 roles since 2010
Dumbing down the profession
Losing seniority is very serious problem

UNISON 2014 & 2015 – Runing on empty

Higher Nursing Skill Mix associated with better outcomes
Substitution of nurses by unregistered HCA’s Adversely affects care outcomes
UK burnout rates reflect poorly against other poorer European contries

Vacancies have increased across UK, doubling in England in last 3 years
More nurses are leaving profession 

NMC Briefing 2015 
Should be shouting from rooftops if staffing  is inadequate yet this goes against the NMC code of conduct

If you increase number of patients per nurse by 1, patient increased odds of mortality by 7%

Rule of thumb Professional Judgment workforce model
-    Nurse:bed ratio
-    With 1 nurse to 6 beds, this allows 10 minutes per patient/per hour

By substituting registered nurses with unregistered, standards start to slip

Benefits of mandated ratios
-    Should now levels you have
-    Flexibility if you know what your workforce is
-    Increases staff satisfaction

International Workforce Forum
-    Global shortage of health workers

We do need nurses to say enough is enough
1 person cant change much but of we all come together changes can be made"

Susan's biography:

Susan Osborne is a retired registered nurse and midwife.  She specialised in Intensive Care Nursing and medical nursing prior to developing a career in management.  She has held senior positions as: Chief Executive, Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital, Directors of Nursing posts at Luton and Dunstable NHS Trust, St. Mary’s Hospital NHS Trust, London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Chief Nurse at east of England SHA as well as undertaking a part time job share secondment position as Director of Nursing to the Department of Health Connecting for Health (CFH) Information Communication Technology Programme.

She was appointed as a Non Executive Director for the Homerton University Hospital NHS FT in 2014. 

In March 2014, Susan was nominated to Chair the Safe Staffing Alliance (SSA), a campaigning group of senior nurses from all fields of nursing/midwifery, supported by the RCN, Unison, the Patient’s Association, The Florence Nightingale Foundation and the Nursing Standard, who have a focus on securing a safe nursing and midwifery workforce for health services in the U.K.

Susan is also a Trustee of Cavell Nurses’ Trust, a charity that helps nurses, midwives, HCAs and students who have fallen on hard times and who require financial and welfare support.  Susan was awarded a CBE in 2005 for her contribution to nursing.

Delivering an extended session on 'Acuity, Alerts, Red Flags Events and Escalation - Reducing agency spend and managing the staffing budget' is Prof Helen Young Director of Maternity and Newborn Transformation/Chief Nurse
Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, who discussed:

Professor Young's biography:

After training as a nurse at Westminster Hospital in London, Helen held Sisters posts in Surgery and Critical Care and Medicine before setting up a Nurse Led Development Unit with Leeds University. She is passionate about developing nursing practice, education and leadership and completed her Masters in Education.

She has held posts as Head of Practice Development and Education in Guys and St Thomas and then Chelsea and Westminster as well as Deputy Chief Nurse and Chief Nurse positions in a number of large acute Trusts, including East Kent, Conwy & Denbighshire, Croydon University Hospitals Trust, Oxford University Hospitals Trust, Kings College Hospital FT, as well as six years in a national role as Clinical Director and Chief Nurse for NHS Direct.

Having recently been Chief Nurse and Chief Operating Officer at Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, she has now moved in to a joint Trust role for Birmingham Women’s and Birmingham Children’s FT’s, as Director of Maternity & New-born Transformation.
Helen is a Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University, a Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholar and Harvard University Graduate.

She is a also a Trustee of Dorothy House Hospice, Chief Nurse for national charity called ACROSS, Regional Nurse for a national children’s charity, HCPT  and executive member of her local Soroptimist  International Club, an organisation that works to empower, educate and enable women and girls in the UK and worldwide.    

Also of interest:

Nurse Clinics 2017
Monday 20 November 2017 

Nurse Prescribing in Cardiology
Monday 18 September 2017 

Nurse Prescribing for Pain
Friday 29 September 2017 

Hospital at Night Summit: Delivering a 24/7 Hospital
Friday 3 November 2017 

14 July 2017


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