Skill-mixing is an important part of workforce planning within the NHS and is crucial if cost-effective and appropriate care is to be delivered to all patients and there is a growing body of research evidence which shows that nurse staffing levels make a difference to patient outcomes (mortality and adverse events), patient experience, quality of care and the efficiency of care delivery.
Historically, a range of methods have existed which have enabled staffing levels to be planned at a local level. In the past, the systems have varied according to the amount of detail considered, from crude ‘top-down’ ratios that relate staffing to numbers of beds or total population, through to the more sophiticated systems requiring detailed data on the nature and volume of care needs (patient dependency) and a breakdown of how nursing activity of different team members varies in relation to this.
The Synbiotix Acuity and Dependency tool has been designed in direct partnership with healthcare organisations to meet all the needs and financial challenges faced by each and every organisation in their quest to increase productivity, maintain their cost effective and value for money approach to services, whilst also assisting them in improving their standard and quality of care to achieve better outcomes for patients.
Director of Nursing
Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells