Solent NHS TrustHigh quality community and mental health services

Safe staffing

Providing safe high quality care is our highest priority and we have a number of mechanisms in place to make sure our wards are safely staffed, we look at the reported incidents, complaints feedback we receive from you and from the staff who work within the trust. We also have a display on each ward of the staffing levels; the display shows who is in charge of the ward and how many staff are planned to be on duty as well as the actual numbers on duty.

In addition, from June 2014 all hospitals are required to publish information about the number of nurses and support workers per shift, together with the percentage of shifts meeting safe staffing guidelines. This information does not include other staff such as Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Psychologists (Allied Health Professionals); in the types of wards within Solent NHS Trust have a large number of Allied Health Professionals delivering care, therapy and support to our patients, so the number of staff present on each ward will be higher than the number displayed in the data.

This initiative is part of the NHS response to the Francis Report which called for greater openness and transparency in the health service. Information about staffing levels will be published monthly.
View a copy of the published data.

In line with a document from NHS England called 'How to ensure the right people, with the right skills, are in the right place at the right time: A guide to nursing, midwifery and care staffing capacity and capability' the Trust will formally review staffing every six months. These reviews will be on our website. Our Board will also receive a monthly report including information about those wards where actual staffing numbers do not meet planned levels. View a copy of the board report.

Each month we will provide an explanation of the data, you can read these below:

November 2014

April 2015

For further information about our staffing levels please contact:

Angela Anderson