The importance of safe and sustainable staffing in mental health

Ray Walker, Executive Director of Nursing at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, spoke to us about his involvement in delivering safe sustainable and productive staffing in mental health services.


We lead the national programme to develop improvement resources that will help NHS providers make safe, sustainable and productive staffing decisions in specific care settings.

As part of our work on this we’ve set up national workstreams to develop safe staffing resources for:

  • mental health
  • learning disability
  • community
  • maternity
  • acute inpatients
  • children’s services
  • urgent and emergency care

This video from Ray Walker explains the work already underway in the mental health workstream, and outlines the resource the team is developing to help both frontline clinical staff and board members ensure that the right staff, with the right skills are in the right place at the right time for this care setting. 

Ray is the Chair of our mental health workstream looking at safe sustainable and productive staffing.

Submit your case studies

We will be sharing more case studies and we are keen to hear from you if you have any examples of improvement projects focusing on safe sustainable and productive staffing in mental health.

Event: Safe and sustainable staffing in mental health and learning disability services

We're running an event on Friday, 11 November 2016 where you can hear more about the resources we are producing for mental health and learning disability services. 

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