Staff shortages common theme across NHS, warns CQC

Staffing shortfalls have been identified as a key factor affecting patient safety in hospitals and care homes, according to a report from the Care Quality Commission.

Poor staff numbers and skill mix and a tendency to rely on agency staff were a common factor in services rated “inadequate” by the regulator, it said today in its State of Health Care and Adult Social Care in England 2014-15 report.

The regulator’s annual analysis on service quality, published today, stressed that “quality depends on getting staffing right”. However, the regulator found that safe care at some of the top-rated organisations was also being hampered by staffing issues.

Full story at the Nursing Times 15 October 2015