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Safer staffing on our hospital wards

National requirement to publish nursing and midwifery staffing levels

As part of its response to the findings from 'The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry', the National Quality Board, sponsored by Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England, published guidance to support providers and commissioners of NHS care to make the right decisions about nursing, midwifery and care staffing capacity and capability.

Jane Cummings said, "We have very clear evidence of a link between appropriate staffing and the outcomes of our patients. This evidence must be used to set staffing levels locally. Patients and the public are therefore entitled to know that we have the right number of people in place to provide safe, quality care every time." 

CLICK HERE to find out how we are addressing these matters at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.

'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very thankful and relieved patient'.

Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital of North Durham