We have published two reports to date, Safe and Effective Staffing: Nursing Against the Odds in September 2017 and Safe and Effective Staffing: the Real Picture in May 2017.
Our most recent report provides insight into the staffing levels and experience of nursing staff for over 30,000 shifts across the UK. The message was clear: when there is a shortfall of staff, patient care suffers.
We will continue to engage with our members and the public over the coming months as we move forward with our campaign for safe and effective staffing levels in each country of the UK.
Safe staffing legislation which covers NHS hospitals has already been introduced in Wales. The RCN is continuing to campaign to ensure that this law improves the situation for nursing teams and their patients. The RCN is also working with the Welsh Government to extend the legislation to other areas of nursing.The Scottish Government announced in its Programme for Government that it will bring forward legislation on safe staffing. At this time the Scottish Government is working to develop this legislation. The RCN has responded to the Scottish Government’s initial proposals for the Safe and Effective Staffing Bill and is working to influence the scope and shape of the Bill, from a professional and trade union perspective.