We call for guaranteed safe and effective staffing levels in all health and care settings across the UK.
There is clear evidence that the right number of registered nurses caring for patients is linked to better outcomes for patients and safer care. We recognise that there is no fixed ratio – staffing levels need to change in response to the severity of a patient’s illness. However, safe staffing levels in every health and care setting will ensure that people using services are safe and well cared for, wherever they are. That’s why we are calling guaranteed safe and effective nurse staffing levels in each country in the UK. This must also be underpinned by a long term and robust approach to getting workforce planning right.
We call for protection of specialist nurses so that people can access them when and where they need them across the UK.
Cutting specialist nurses is a false economy and the services they provide must be protected. Demand for these specialist nurses is unprecedented and in some areas of the UK there are major shortages, compromising the care people desperately need. This includes health visitors and school nurses, neo-natal nurses, district nurses, and nurses working in mental health, cancer and learning disability. People deserve access to specialist nurses, to provide the right quality care and treatment.
We call for mandatory regulation of all healthcare support workers across the UK to ensure patient safety.
Healthcare support workers play an increasingly important role as part of a modern nursing service. In order to provide professional recognition and accountability, mandatory regulation must be introduced. The regulation of nursing is equally important for each country of the UK.