Safe Staffing 2017

Safe Staffing - March 2017


Trained staff

We currently work towards having 2 trained on every shift this was achieved on all but one afternoon

We did not achieve 3 staff on each day for any of the days of the month

We currently have a vacancy factor of 1.6 WTE (Appointed 0.6 WTE to start in June)

We also have a 0.4 WTE sickness LTS

CTL and CNL have been filling in for deficits and also regular bank staff have been authorised

Extra HCSW have been used to cover to ensure actual numbers are up to 6 staff in a day

Untrained staff

On the majority of days we were over the recommended numbers due to increasing numbers to ensure a total of 6 staff on each shift

There were however 4 occasions that only one HCSW was on nights and everything was tried to cover with no avail on these nights we were not up to full patients in beds

There were 4 occasions that we were just below the full 3 staff on duty on days

The above occasions were due to last minute sickness



This month we continue to have 1 HCSW on long term sick, we have a new HCSW that has started this month who is currently supernumerary however, has been supporting on the wards and staff are being flexible to ensure patient safety levels by splitting there shifts.

  Safe Staffing - March 2017


Safe Staffing February 2017


Trained Staff

There was only one occasion where one staff worked on their own and this was due to last minute carers leave and we were unable to cover

We did not meet safe staffing levels of 3 band 5 nurses on shift on any of the days of the month but all shifts were covered with two trained nurses with the exception of the above

We have long term sickness of one staff member and one nurse who is unable to work clinically 

Our establishment figures do not reflect the amount needed to be able to staff to 3 nurses in the day time

Untrained staff

We had 2 nights where only one HCSW was on the night shift On these nights we were not up to full capacity of patients 

We have 2 WTE vacancies at present and have just appointed to these to start in April induction with a bank staff member too


During February we have been supporting the butterfly hospice therefore we have been utilising agency staff where we can. If we have been unable to cover this we have amended start and end times for the staff coming onto the ward to support safe staffing levels and utilised our ANP on the ward who is supernumerary. 

We continue to have a HCSW on long term sickness and have a 1 FTE HCSW starting her induction in March.

  Safe Staffing - February 2017


Safe Staffing - January 2017


2 x 12 hour day shifts were left uncovered by HCSW, supanumery student nurses used.


Trained nurses

We only met safe staffing of 3 band 5 staff nurses on6 of the 31 days in March

All shifts had 2 nurses on

CNL and CTL are extra to numbers and fill in when needed

Ward is staffed to 11.4 WTE which equates to 2 nurses on every shift day and night

All nights were covered with 2 trained


We were over hours on days for the 3 HCSW as we were using HCSW to cover Housekeeper role and also to ensure 6 staff on ward in absence of 3rd trained

There were 3 nights that only 1 HCSW on duty all due to sickness but all escalated and cover authorised but unable to appoint shift due to lack of bank staff


During January we have employed our apprentice HCSW to a substantial post of 24 hours and continue to have 1 HCSW on long term sick. For the nursing staff where we have had sickness we have split shifts to cover the ward safely and utilised out advanced nurse practitioner to support on the ward.


  Safe Staffing - January 2017