Trusts are required to publish information about the number of nursing staff working on inpatient wards and the percentage of shifts that meet safe staffing guidelines.

This is part of the NHS response to the Francis report which called for greater openness and transparency in the health service.

The National Quality Board (NQB) sets out what NHS providers (including West London NHS Trust) are expected to provide in terms of safe staffing levels. 

Daily staffing status on wards

A daily staffing status is displayed on every ward in the Trust, showing planned and actual numbers of staff on shift for that day.  This also shows who’s in charge of the shift that day and when the information was last updated.

These are displayed where they can be clearly seen by patients, visitors and staff.