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 of patient acuity and dependency using the Safer Nursing Care Tool (SNCT) formerly known as the AUKUH (Association of UK University Hospitals) tool. The findings provide assurances that the trust is working in compliance with quality and safety recommendations arising from The Berwick Report 2013 in relation to 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.


2016 Reports:


February 2016 report

January 2016 Report


2015 Reports:



2014 Reports: 


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