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Nursing and midwifery staffing levels

Every day our senior nursing teams review our Nursing & Midwifery staffing levels to ensure they are safe.

Nursing Workforce - National Quality Board Requirements actual vs planned ward staffing. Board Paper - November 2014.

This is the first time that this information has been collected and presented, whilst our teams have worked hard to ensure that we have rigorous and accurate reporting some of the staffing levels may appear over or understaffed as a result of recording errors

  • This information is presented by each ward
  • It shows the number of Nursing & Midwifery hours that we plan to have on duty next to this the actual hours Nurses and Midwives actually worked.
  • These staffing levels are shown in hours for our registered Nurses & Midwives by day and night shifts and for our Nursing & Midwifery care support staff.

Every day our Matrons and Ward Managers discuss the number of staff they have on duty to identify any areas that may need extra help. Matrons and Ward Managers may readjust the staffing in each area to best meet the needs of our patients.

Some of our wards show that we have more staff on duty than planned. This is because we will book additional nursing or care staff to care for patients who for many reasons may need additional nursing care.

Where our wards show that our actual nursing numbers are under the planned number, we always take measures to ensure that quality of care and patient safety is not compromised by moving staff from other areas or skilled nurses such as matrons or non-ward based nurses working as part of the ward team to provide frontline care.

What happens if there are not enough Nurses on duty for a shift?

Sometimes it is not possible to provide extra staff and there are times when Nursing staff have to prioritise their care and support of patients based on the number of staff available.