This improvement resource supports safe caseloads in maternity services.
A comprehensive review of the research evidence relating to staffing maternity settings, undertaken as part of the development of this improvement resource and led by Professor Jane Sandal of King’s College.
This improvement resource has been designed by service users and a multidisciplinary group of health professionals to be used by those involved in setting clinical establishment and leading maternity services – from the midwife and obstetrician to the board of directors in NHS organisations.
The purpose of this resource is to help providers of NHS-commissioned services, boards and executive directors to support their lead maternity professionals in implementing safe staffing for maternity settings. It describes the principles for safe maternity staffing across the multi-professional team to ensure women and their families receive joined-up care appropriate to their needs and wishes.
The resource outlines a systematic approach for identifying the organisational, managerial and clinical setting factors that support safe staffing of maternity services. It makes recommendations for developing models of care, staffing, tools and monitoring, and acting on staffing issues and risk to meet women needs. It builds on standards and recommendations from the Royal College of Midwifery, Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Care Quality Commission, and is informed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Midwifery staffing guideline (NG4).
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 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, sustainable and productive staffing in mental health 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