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Analysing the implementation and effects of safe staffing policies in acute hospitals

Analysing the implementation and effects of safe staffing policies in acute hospitals
Analysing the implementation and effects of safe staffing policies in acute hospitals
Several high-profile inquiries and reports, including the Report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, by Sir Robert Francis QC, have identified that nurse staffing is an essential factor in patient safety and patient mortality rates. Since the Francis report, several policies and initiatives aimed at ensuring safe staffing in the NHS have been developed alongside guidance and evidence-based safe staffing tools, while the Care Quality Commission has been tasked with ensuring compliance with these policies. In 2015, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Policy Research Programme commissioned research to examine the extent to which safe staffing policies have translated into practice locally in the NHS. This article summarises and examines the main findings of this research and suggests that, although policies have raised the profile of nurse staffing, nursing shortages have impeded their implementation.
1538-8670
35-40
Ball, Jane
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Ball, Jane
85ac7d7a-b21e-42fd-858b-78d263c559c1

Ball, Jane (2020) Analysing the implementation and effects of safe staffing policies in acute hospitals. Nursing Management, 27 (3), 35-40. (doi:10.7748/nm.2020.e1904).

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Several high-profile inquiries and reports, including the Report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, by Sir Robert Francis QC, have identified that nurse staffing is an essential factor in patient safety and patient mortality rates. Since the Francis report, several policies and initiatives aimed at ensuring safe staffing in the NHS have been developed alongside guidance and evidence-based safe staffing tools, while the Care Quality Commission has been tasked with ensuring compliance with these policies. In 2015, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Policy Research Programme commissioned research to examine the extent to which safe staffing policies have translated into practice locally in the NHS. This article summarises and examines the main findings of this research and suggests that, although policies have raised the profile of nurse staffing, nursing shortages have impeded their implementation.

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Accepted/In Press date: 10 February 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 5 May 2020
Published date: 2 June 2020
Additional Information: ©2020 RCN Publishing Company Ltd. All rights reserved. Not to be copied, transmitted or recorded in any way, in whole or part, without prior permission of the publishers.

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Local EPrints ID: 439692
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/439692
ISSN: 1538-8670
PURE UUID: 8a8b7246-cfb8-42f6-b9b6-7eb436192fbe
ORCID for Jane Ball: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8655-2994

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Last modified: 07 Jul 2022 01:48

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