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Consultation on Safe and Effective Staffing in Health and Social Care

Consultation on Safe and Effective Staffing in Health and Social Care

Monday, January 15, 2018

ISBN: 9781788515245

We asked for your views on proposals to enshrine safe staffing in law, starting with the nursing and midwifery workload and workforce planning tools.

Executive Summary

On 11 April 2017, the Scottish Government launched a consultation on ‘Safe and Effective Staffing in Health and Social Care’. The consultation ran for 12 weeks, closing on 5 July 2017. The consultation paper invited views on proposals to introduce legislation requiring organisations providing health and social care to apply nationally agreed, evidence based workload and workforce planning methodologies and tools where they exist and are validated; ensure that key methodology – notably consideration of professional judgement, local context and quality measures – underpin workload and workforce planning and inform staffing decisions; monitor and report on how they have done this and provide assurance regarding safe and effective staffing.

Responses highlighted that a focus on achieving better outcomes should be at the heart of the legislation.