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Safe and effective staffing in health and social care: analysis of responses

An analysis of responses received to the discussion document on safe and effective staffing in health and social care.


Section 7 – Risks and unintended consequences

Question 7a: What risks or unintended consequences might arise as a result of the proposed legislation and potential requirements?

A total of 62 responses were received to this question, the most common themes identified were:

Theme No. of responses Percentage
Strain on resources and budgets 18 29%
Funding diverted to legislated staff groups at the expense of non-legislated staff groups 12 19%
Additional red tape and bureaucracy 11 18%

Other themes that emerged from responses included stifling innovation and creativity through rigid tools, lack of staff knowledge and training, not taking staff skill mix into account, unclear accountability and governance, and a focus on processes over outcomes.

Question 7b: What steps could be taken to deal with these consequences?

A total of 58 responses were received to this question, the most common themes identified were:

Theme No. of responses Percentage
Provide resources and funding 17 29%
Ensure clear communication and engagement 16 28%
Ensure flexibility and adaptability of tools and service to respond to unforeseen demands 7 12%

Other themes that emerged from responses included setting clearly defined outcomes, addressing recruitment and retention challenges, and awareness of integration and how this could affect workforce and workload planning.

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