Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, is proposing that health trusts should publish and justify their staffing levels at least twice a year. Her call, to be made at a conference in Manchester today, is an attempt to address concerns over neglect and abuse in hospitals and care homes reported on several occasions by the Care Quality Commission and the Patients’ Association.
Proposals will also be made for plans to embed the values of dignified care, compassion, communication and commitment into professional culture.
These proposals involve a set of inter-related initiatives including new ways of measuring patient feedback, requiring trusts to review their culture of care and staffing levels regularly and explaining to the public any potential impact on standards.
Brimelow, A. (2012). Nurses say health trusts ‘must publish staff level’. London: BBC Health News, December 4th 2012.
Read the NHS Commissioning Board‘s full report.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 5, January 2013].