The NHS has started to published information about staffing levels, showing nurse, midwife and care staffing data down to ward level. This is part of the NHS commitment to openness and transparency, with a view informing the public and driving quality improvements.
Staffing information is accompanied by a range of other information including quality indicators on safety reporting, infection control, blood clots, pressure ulcers, plus patient and staff feedback. This information is available in one place via a new safety section of NHS Choices.
NHS England publishes staffing data. London: NHS England, June 24th 2014.
This relates to:
Patient safety in the NHS. London: NHS Choices, June 2014.
The Secretary of State for Health’s message about new initiatives to strengthen patient safety in the NHS:
Jeremy Hunt: message to NHS staff on strengthening patient safety. London: Department of Health, June 27th 2014.
Possibly of interest, possibly a storm in a teacup:
GPs who fail to spot cancer could be named. London: BBC Health News, June 29th 2014.
Sign up to Safety is a campaign designed to help make the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world.
A commentary on the significance of these development from Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England:
Transparency means more than just publishing data on a website – Jane Cummings. London: NHS England, June 24th 2014.
An important background report, published in 2013:
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. London: National Quality Board / NHS England, November 18th 2013.
Nursing Directors: Staff Turnover
According to the Nursing Standard, 29% of nursing directors across 199 trusts in England were appointed in the past 12 months and more than half have been in post for less than three years.
Osborne, K. (2014). Rapid turnover of nursing directors undermines drive to improve safety. Nursing Standard, August 6th 2014, Vol. 28(49), pp. 14-5.
Concerning Care Provided by Independent Hospitals
The Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI) has recommended that private hospitals should release the same data about patient safety incidents as NHS providers. This would improve transparency and facilitate comparisons.
Dreaper, J. (2014). Private hospitals ‘must provide more safety data’. London: BBC Health News, August 20th 2014.
For further information on this topic, refer to Speculative Diversion: Patient Safety in Private Hospitals (CHPI).
Transparency Data: NHS Foundation Trust Ratings (July 2014)
NHS Foundation Trust ratings:
NHS foundation trust directory. London: Monitor, July 30th 2014.
NHS Foundation Trust Accounts: Foundation Trust Consolidation (FTC) Files 2013/14 (Monitor)
Monitor has released financial data including staff costs, income and private finance initiative payments. The aim is to enable each foundation trust to compare how much is spent, relative to peer organisations.
New data released to help improve and innovate services for patients. London: Monitor, August 19th 2014.
Transparency data: NHS foundation trust accounts: consolidation (FTC) files 2013/14. London: Monitor, August 19th 2014.
More Transparency Data: Reported NHS Foundation Trust Membership (March 2014)
The number of members of each NHS foundation trust:
- Members of the Patient Constituency.
- Members of the Public Constituency.
- Members of the Staff Constituency.
- All Members.
Reported NHS foundation trust membership as at 31 March 2014. London: Monitor, August 15th 2014.