Implementing and extending the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016
The Nurse Staffing levels (Wales) Act 2016 became law on 21st March 2016.
Health Boards now have a legal duty to regard the importance of ensuring appropriate levels of nurse staffing in all settings.
In adult acute care settings, an appropriate nurse staffing level must be calculated and maintained.
Health Boards will have a duty to report on compliance with staffing requirements and take action if failings occur
The Welsh Government has issued guidance on how to determine appropriate staffing levels
The Royal College of Nursing Wales wants to work with the Welsh Government to ensure the guidance for implementing the law is comprehensive, clear and achieves the aims of the Act. We will also continue to campaign to ensure sustainable workforce planning is at the heart of the NHS and sufficient numbers of nurses are educated to help fulfill the Act’s aims. Our Employment Relations Team have created an Activist Toolkit to help you hold your Local Health Board to account. Coming soon.
You can read RCN Briefing: A Workforce Strategy for Wales here.
The Act’s provisions now need to be extended to other areas including children’s nursing, mental health, community and care homes. Further work is needed to ensure that better patient and staffing information in these fields is held and that workforce planning tools are developed.
Page last updated - 27/11/2019