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RCN New Report on Safe and Effective Staffing

The Royal College of Nursing published a new report on 12 May 2017 'Safe and Effective Staffing: the Real Picture'.  It states that:

"NHS patients will be at risk of falling care standards unless all four UK countries have legislation to guarantee safe staffing levels.". 
“Three-quarters (76%) of nurse leaders in the UK who participated in our research say they are concerned about ensuring safe staffing levels. 90% say they are concerned about recruiting new staff, whilst 84% are concerned about retaining current staff. Four in five (82%) nurse leaders in our research say that their organisations run on the goodwill of their staff to keep services running.”

“Nurse staffing levels are critical to the delivery of safe and effective care…How to define what ensures that staffing is safe and effective is complex and depends on the constantly changing nature of how people are diagnosed and treated when they access any type of health and care service.”

This report provides an important contribution to the conversation on nurse staffing levels and to patient safety in health care. It contains two new datasets: assessments by Directors of Nursing of the state of the UK’s health systems and its workforce, and data on nurse staff vacancies in Trusts in England specifically.



Safe Staffing Summit: A Practical Guide to Safe and Effective Nursing Staffing Levels and Skill Mix
Friday 14 July 
De Vere West One Conference Centre

17 May 2017


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