Safe consistent clinical and care processes across health and social care settings
Some ideas that your team could try:
- Why safe staffing is important
Effective staffing means having the right numbers of the right people, in the right place at the right time. It is not as simple as having enough staff, but also ensuring that they have suitable knowledge, skill and experience to deliver safe care and treatment. Real-time staffing assessment (as part of the safety huddle process) supports the delivery of high quality health and care services.
Part two of the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019 places a duty on NHS boards and agencies to have real time staffing assessment, mitigation and escalation procedures in place. This legislation has not yet been enacted. Further information on meeting Act obligations and the support available from HIS and your Board Workforce lead can be accessed here.
The real-time staffing risk assessment (undertaken at least once daily) provides a structured approach to evaluating immediate workload, with available staffing, to risk assess the requirement for any mitigating actions or escalation of risk. This process addresses the fundamental question of is it ‘safe to start’ delivering care, and if not, how we address the identified issues and risks.
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- Resources to support safe staffing
The section below provides more information that you can use to support your improvements.
Safe Staffing Project, Care Inspectorate.
This webpage outlines the guidance and quality improvement project focused on ensuring the best health and care is delivered in care homes through safe staffing.
Staffing (workload) tools and methodology, Healthcare Staffing Programme, Healthcare Improvement Scotland.
This webpage provides a suite of national workload and workforce planning tools to assist NHS boards in planning the number of staff required to deliver quality care.