Trust to role out safe staffing app to 6,000 staff

An app which allows nurses to see staff numbers per hospital ward in real time is about to have a smartphone upgrade.

An app which records staffing levels in real time is to be rolled out to 6,000 staff at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Phone app allows frontline nurses to check real-time staffing levels. Picture: iStock

The Safe Staffing app allows everyone from frontline staff to the board to view staffing numbers and skill mix on wards and to easily identify areas that need extra support.

Previously only available on tablet devices, the app will now work on smartphones. 

Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust deputy chief nurse Ann-Marie Riley told Healthcare Conferences UK’s Safe Staffing Summit how the app was created in 2015 as part of an in-house project between its nursing and IT teams.

The app features a simple-to-use set of sliding scales which allow matrons and ward sisters to input current staff numbers and relevant information, such as time of day and skill mix, before they hand over to the next shift.

Warning system

If the ward sister or matron feel the ward is not safely staffed, they can issue a red flag warning.

Ms Riley said: ‘The app costs very little to develop and we didn’t have to invest in costly workforce planning tools.

‘Data needs to be questioned in order to be meaningful and this helps make sure it can be seen by everyone.’

The app was the overall winner of the Fab NHS Stuff Awards in 2015.

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