Skills for Health news in September

District Nurse numbers falling

The number of district nurses in England fell by 39 per cent between 2002 and 2012, while preventable emergency admissions rose by 40 per cent over the same period.

Extract from RCN website

“Short sighted cuts to the nursing workforce are still taking place across the NHS despite being identified as an important factor in the catastrophic failings at Mid Staffordshire, according to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

Today the RCN urged the Government to take immediate action to tackle warning signs across the health service, including staff cuts, an ageing workforce, and soaring patient demand, which if ignored could be disastrous for the health service.”

Health visitor implementation plan quarterly progress report: April – June 2012

Department of Health

This report outlines progress made by the health visitor implementation programme and finds that the Department of Health is on track to meet its committment to increase the number of health visitors by an extra 4,200 by April 2015.

It sets out key achievements during April to June 2012 in the areas of: professional mobilisation; growing the workforce; early implementer sites support & development programme year 2; communications and marketing; the delivery partnership group; and the school nursing programme.

Evaluating palliative care ward staffing using bed occupancy, patient dependency, staff activity, service quality and cost data

Evaluating palliative care ward staffing using bed occupancy, patient dependency, staff activity, service quality and cost data

Dai Roberts droberts@sah.org.uk

St. Ann’s Hospice, UK, Keith Hurst, Independent Researcher and Analyst, Nottinghamshire, UK

Abstract

Background: Palliative care staffing has remained unchallenged for decades while service provision has changed markedly, bringing new workforce demands. There is little evidence to inform hospice workforce structures, which strive to deliver the highest-quality holistic care.

Aim: The study had three main aims, to: (i) adapt the acuity-quality workforce planning method used extensively in the UK National Health Service (NHS) for use in hospices; (ii) compare hospice and NHS palliative care staffing establishments and their implications; and (iii) create ward staffing benchmarks and formulae for hospice managers.

via Evaluating palliative care ward staffing using bed occupancy, patient dependency, staff activity, service quality and cost data.

Skills for Care: Supporting dementia workers

Supporting dementia workers: a case study-based manager’s guide to good practice in learning and development for social care workers supporting people with dementia
This guide supports leaders and managers in developing their workforces to enable them to provide the highest quality of care for people with dementia. It considers how workforce planning and development can best improve the outcomes for people with dementia, supporting managers to work in the most effective way with training providers to deliver service outcomes and implement the Common Core Principles to Support People with Dementia.