Quality of care

Safe staffing data

One of the recommendations of the National Quality Board report published in November 2013, in response to the Francis report, was that all hospitals should publish information about the number of registered and non-registered nursing staff and midwives working on each ward, as well as the percentage of shifts meeting ‘safe staffing’ guidelines.

For more details, and monthly staffing level information for Torbay Hospital, please visit our safe staffing data page.

Sign up to Safety

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Sign up to Safety

This is a voluntary initiative aimed at helping to realise the ambition of making the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world by creating a system devoted to continuous learning and improvement.

A crucial part of Sign up to Safety is listening to patients, carers and staff, learning from what they say when things go wrong and taking action to improve patients’ safety.

Organisations and individuals who “Sign up to Safety” must set actions for each of the five national pledges, must publicise these actions and turn them into a safety improvement plan showing how lives will be saved and harm reduced over the next three years.

The five national pledges are:

  1. Put safety first. Commit to reduce avoidable harm in the NHS by half and make public the goals and plans developed locally.

  2. Continually learn. Make their organisations more resilient to risks, by acting on the feedback from patients and by constantly measuring and monitoring how safe their services are.

  3. Honesty. Be transparent with people about their progress to tackle patient safety issues and support staff to be candid with patients and their families if something goes wrong.

  4. Collaborate. Take a leading role in supporting local collaborative learning, so that improvements are made across all of the local services that patients use.

  5. Support. Help people understand why things go wrong and how to put them right. Give staff the time and support to improve and celebrate the progress.

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