NHS Safe Staffing: Not just a number – Policy Analysis Centre – 21 January 2014

Posted on January 22, 2014. Filed under: Health Informatics, Workforce | Tags: , |

NHS Safe Staffing: Not just a number – Policy Analysis Centre – 21 January 2014

Tony Hockley & Sean Boyle

“Our analysis highlights the risks to patient care when hospital ward staffing falls short of the roster. Despite developments in electronic rostering hospitals have resisted using automated systems to track their staff. Recent unannounced hospital inspections have found serious staff shortfalls against rosters. This worrying feature of NHS care sometimes reveals itself in payroll overspends that find their way into the public domain. Staffing accounts for the bulk of NHS costs, so that minor failures have significant financial implications. In this report we highlight the potential benefits of implementing robust systems to track the deployment of hospital staff in real time, to patients, to the workforce, and to hospital management.”

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