Following a requirement from the NHS Chief Nursing Officer England and the Care Quality Commission, from June 2014 all hospitals are required to publish information about the number of nursing and midwifery staff working on each ward, together with the percentage of shifts meeting safe staffing guidelines. This initiative is part of the NHS response to the Francis report which called for greater openness and transparency in the health service.
The Carter Review of productivity in NHS hospitals, published in February 2016, again highlights the importance of recording the deployment of staff on wards through measuring hours per day. Many innovative trusts throughout the UK have started introducing the Staffing Level Boards on their wards since 2014 and continue to do so, as it provides a simple and effective tool to present information about planned and actual staffing levels.
The Staffing Levels Boards has been well received across all wards we have worked with, and has contributed greatly in the transformation of large innovative Trusts, such as Salford Royal.Trusts who use them have reported reduced costs, improved management of staff, as well as meeting the recommended 1 to 8 ratio target.
How does the Staffing Levels Board help?
- Creates transparency to hospital staff, patients and visitors as to the planned and actual headcount of both registered and unregistered staff on every ward.
- Allows better management of staffing allocation, leading to reduced mortality rates, lower rates of medication errors and wound infections, reduced length of stay and reduced waiting times.
- Improvement in patient experience and perception of health care.
- The board is completely bespoke and designed to your specific needs and requirements.
- The magnetic surface allows the update of data using magnetic numbers and magnetic dates, eliminating the need of using marker pens.
What do our customers say?
Fiona Morris, Lead Nurse at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust:
“Visual Systems provided the support and mock designs so that we could get public feedback on them before purchase. We now have clear, readable boards that staff, patients and visitors can understand. The Trust now displays safety, person centred information on quality, corporate notice boards. Visual Systems have the most helpful, supportive and understanding staff who helped us deliver our vision.”
David Cameron, who visited the ward to congratulated Salford for their achievement:
“Salford has been held up as a model by the government, an establishment from which others can learn” (BBC, 2013).