A guide to help standardise staffing decisions in adult inpatient wards in acute hospitals.
This resource is based on the National Quality Board’s expectations that to ensure safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led care, trusts will employ the right staff with the right skills in the right place and at the right time.
We’ve designed this to be used by everyone involved in clinical establishment setting, approval and deployment – from the ward manager to the board of directors.
- outlines a systematic approach for identifying the organisational, managerial and ward factors that support safe staffing
- makes recommendations for monitoring and taking action if not enough staff are available on the ward to meet patients’ needs
- builds on NICE guidelines on safe staffing for nursing in adult inpatient care in acute wards