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Staffing for Safe and Effective Care: Improving Nurse Staffing Levels and Skill mix

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This Virtual Safe Staffing Summit focuses on delivering safe and effective nurse staffing levels and skill mix in practice. This conference will support you to implement the February 2022 RCN Principles for Safe and Effective Care, and adhere to the 2021 RCN Nursing Workforce Standards and ensure evidence-based approaches to effective staffing decisions, taking into account all elements that contribute to safe, effective care and patient experience.

This evidence is clear that safe and effective nurse staffing levels improves the quality of care and patient safety. The important issues of skill mix, acuity monitoring, recognizing red flag events and escalation will be discussed. There will be an extended session focusing on evidence informed decision support tools for safe staffing, on delivering safe staffing 24/7, and an update on how to combine national tools with professional judgement. Through expert extended sessions and practical NHS Trust case studies delivered by experienced nurse directors, the conference will take a practical approach to supporting you implement the new standards and to review and improve nursing staffing and skill mix in your service.

“Nursing staff must be protected and supported with proper safe and effective workplace conditions”

Staffing for Safe and Effective Care February 2022, RCN

“Going into the COVID-19 pandemic, in January 2020, 73% of nursing staff surveyed by the RCN said that the staffing levels on their shift were not sufficient to meet all the needs of the patients safely and effectively. One in five (19%) said they felt unable to raise their concerns about staffing levels and patient care. Nursing staffing levels were not acceptable to staff or patients then – and this will not have improved given that demand has only continued to build during that time.”

Staffing for Safe and Effective Care February 2022, RCN

RCN principles for staffing for safe and effective care

Responsibility and accountability - there is a clear governance framework that details responsibility and accountability for demand-led assessment of a diverse and inclusive health and care workforce, based on population need and reducing health inequalities - reflecting the RCN Nursing Workforce Standards and workforce planning. Clinical leadership and safety - the right number of registered nurses and nursing support staff with the right knowledge, skills and experience are in the right place at the right time, in all settings where nursing staff provide care. Wellbeing, health and safety - the nursing workforce is entitled to work in inclusive, healthy and safe environments. The dignity, health and wellbeing of all nursing staff is essential to the quality of care they can provide for people and communities, affecting their compassion, professionalism and effectiveness.”

Royal College of Nursing February 2022

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve safe staffing
  • Explore the 2022 RCN Principles following the RCN National Nursing Workforce standards and understand how to apply them in practice
  • Learn from outstanding practice in using evidence informed decision support tools for safe staffing, and combining tools with professional judgement methods
  • Reflect on national developments and learning
  • Develop your skills in monitoring acuity, dependency and skill mix
  • Understand how you can improve real time monitoring, escalation and the use of Red Flags
  • Identify key strategies for organizing and improving staffing 24/7 with a focus on nights and weekends
  • Learn from best practice at Ward Level
  • Explore case studies from various clinical areas
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

 100% of delegates at our previous conference on this subject would recommend it to a colleagues

Chair & Speakers Include:

Wendy Preston

Head of Nursing Practice
Royal College of Nursing

Professor Janice Sigsworth CBE

Chief Nurse
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Lena Johnson

Ward Manager
Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Ali Richards

University of Cumbria
Senior Lecturer Programme Lead - Assistant Practitioner

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

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