Safe staffing levels: how many staff do you need?

Project Manager, Rob Hargreaves, talks about safe staffing levels
and how Skills for Care new online guide can help you decide how many staff you need
to meet the needs of your service, no matter what the circumstances.

Safe staffing is about having enough staff, who have the right values
and skills, to deliver high quality care and support. Without it,
services struggle to provide people with the safe and effective care
they need and deserve.

Skills for Care new guide will help you get the right quantity and quality of
staff to meet the needs of your service, and meet the regulatory
standards of the Care Quality Commission (CQC). It explains what the CQC
will inspect around safe staffing and will help you decide and maintain
safe staffing levels, embed safe recruitment practices and ensure your
staff are safe and competent.

The guide includes tips about deciding how many staff you need to
provide a safe service, contingency planning for short-term staff
shortages, doing the right recruitment checks and how to effectively use
bank and agency staff.

It’s for anyone involved in inspections in regulated adult social care services, to help you improve safe staffing practice.

Download your free copy of the guide here.

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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