Safe staffing

Ensuring safe staffing levels and excellent nursing care within the wards

"We want the right staff, with the right skills, in the right place at the right time. There is no single ratio or formula that can calculate the answers to such complex questions. The right answer will differ across and within organisations, and reaching it requires the use of evidence, evidence based tools, the exercise of professional judgement and a truly multi-professional approach. Above all, it requires openness and transparency, within organisations and with patients and the public."

Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England

From June 2014, all trusts with inpatient beds must publish:

Six-monthly review of planned nursing numbers

This is a six-monthly Board report confirming the safe staffing requirements for our inpatient wards. The report is based on multiple sources of data, including patient acuity and dependency data which is generated using the Safer Nursing Care Tool (SNCT). The report provides assurances that the Trust is working in compliance with national guidance and Department of Health rules regarding safe staffing.

Annual 2014 report (please see page 75)

Monthly report on planned v actual nursing levels

This is a monthly Board report containing details of planned and actual staffing levels for registered nursing staff and care staff for the previous month. The figures show how many nurses were on duty, compared with how many were planned to have been on duty. It also captures the principal national staffing measure – Care Hours per Patient Day (CHPPD).


2016 Reports:


February 2016 report

January 2016 Report


2015 Reports:



2014 Reports: