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Improve patient care


Improving patient care was at the centre of our 2017 general election manifesto, Nursing Counts. We are demanding the UK government to deliver on these priorities.

Safe and effective staffing

We call for guaranteed safe and effective staffing levels in all health and care settings across the UK.

Why it’s important

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.

Access to specialist nursing services

We call for protection of specialist nurses so that people can access them when and where they need them across the UK.

Why it’s important

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.

Regulation of healthcare support workers

We call for mandatory regulation of all healthcare support workers across the UK to ensure patient safety.

Why it’s important

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.

Safe staffing

Safe staffing

Nursing staff shortages are compromising patient care. Find out about our safe staffing work and how you can get involved.

Safe staffing

Page last updated - 27/07/2018