Guide to safe staffing
Getting safe staffing right means that people access safe and effective care that's responsive to their needs.
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.
Our 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 CQC inspections in regulated adult social care services, to help you improve safe staffing practice.