An improvement resource for mental health services (community and inpatient services across all specialties).
A summary of the best available evidence on safe staffing structures of mental health teams to inform the development of specific sustainable safe staffing guidance for the National Safe Sustainable Staffing Guidance Programme Board.
We've developed this resource to help commissioners and providers of NHS-commissioned services create, review and sustain, safe and effective specialist mental health services.
The document aims to make the link between the decisions on staffing that boards and clinical teams take and the needs of people who use mental health services. It is practical and pulls together existing guidance and approaches used to help make staffing decisions. We want to provide a resource that will make a sustainable difference to the quality of care that is delivered and experienced.
The resource outlines a systematic approach for identifying the organisational, managerial and environmental factors that support safe staffing. It makes recommendations for monitoring and taking action if not enough staff are available to meet people’s needs. It has been informed by previous work from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and a summary of literature reviews in the public domain, which specifically looked at the staffing structures in mental health services associated with improved service user outcomes (including safety, effectiveness and service user experience.)
When using this resource, you should also refer to the National Quality Board’s (NQB) 2016 Safe staffing resource Supporting NHS providers to deliver the right staff, with the right skills, in the right place at the right time.
We have worked with clinicians and academics to develop this suite of safe staffing resources.
- Safe, sustainable staffing improvement resource for maternity services
- Safe, sustainable and productive staffing for neonatal care and children and young people's services
- Safe, sustainable and productive staffing in urgent and emergency care
- Safe, sustainable and productive staffing in district nursing services
- Safe staffing in learning disability services
- Safe staffing for adult inpatients in acute care
- Safe sustainable and productive staffing: case studies
- Update on safe staffing improvement resources for specific care settings
- Supporting NHS providers to deliver the right staff, with the right skills, in the right place at the right time: Safe, sustainable and productive staffing