Safe staffing

It is important that patients, their families/carers and the public know that we have the appropriate number of staff on duty with the right skill mix to provide care that is safe, of high quality and compassionate. 

Every month, we will publish information about staffIng levels on our inpatient units, as part of the national requirement for hospitals to be transparent and open about their service from the findings of the Francis report. 

The complex mental health needs of patients often vary. When people are very unwell, we may need more staff to support them. When this happens senior nurses undertake regular assessments to ensure our wards are staffed safely. There is a process for staff to escalate any concerns regarding staffing levels to support them in decision making.

We also have a poster displayed in each ward, for patients and visitors, showing planned and actual staffing level for each shift, as well as the name of the nurse in charge and the matron responsible for the service.

For more information about our staffing levels contact Jane Padmore, Chief Nursing Officer: / 0300 304 0100.

If you have concerns about staffing levels on any of our wards, speak to the ward manager or contact our PALS team on 0300 304 2198 or email

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