This is one of the questions addressed in the HSJ and Nursing Times this week as they report on a HSJ/Allocate Software round-table debate on the subject of safe staffing.
Click here to read the entire article with comments from 11 NHS board members.
Allocate Software’s Director of Healthcare, Paul Scandrett said ‘Organisations are doing really positive work to understand the establishment levels and many are as a result investing in more staff. To be sustainable there is a need to also understand the challenges of getting staffing levels right shift by shift. We’ve had this discussion many times with directors of nursing, but in the past it was not easy to engage with the wider board. Part of our response was to work with HSJ and Nursing Times to create two roundtables. The first in July 2013 saw 11 nurse directors come together and the second, covered by this article, involved a cross functional group of board members.”