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Voices - The QNI will shape safe staffing in the community, says Crystal Oldman

The strategic aim of the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) is to improve the health of patients, families and carers by increasing the provision and quality of nursing care delivered in homes and communities. We therefore have an interest in any aspect of nursing policy that relates to guidance on staffing levels.

Through the QNIs Right Nurse, Right Skills campaign, we have developed a network of experts to support the development of guidance on staffing levels. This includes workforce modellers, commissioners, researchers, software developers and, importantly, the executive nurses, managers and other practitioners who are directly responsible for the safe and effective delivery of health care.

This work is not new to the QNI. District nursing is high on the agenda of NHS England and in 2013 the QNI was commissioned to undertake a report on workforce planning in the district nursing service ( tinyurl.com/qz5ea9c ).

Any staffing guidance will need to be supported by a robust workforce plan for the development of the district nursing service. Health Education England (HEE) will have a pivotal role here, following the publication of the HEE district nursing career framework and the QNI/QNIS voluntary standards for district nurse education and practice

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Through the QNI’s Right Nurse, Right Skills campaign, we have developed a network of experts to support the development of guidance on staffing levels. This includes workforce modellers, commissioners, researchers, software developers and, importantly, the executive nurses, managers and other practitioners who are directly responsible for the safe and effective delivery of health care.

This work is not new to the QNI. District nursing is high on the agenda of NHS England and in 2013 the QNI was commissioned to undertake a report on workforce planning in the district nursing service (tinyurl.com/qz5ea9c).

Any staffing guidance will need to be supported by a robust workforce plan for the development of the district nursing service. Health Education England (HEE) will have a pivotal role here, following the publication of the HEE district nursing career framework and the QNI/QNIS voluntary standards for district nurse education and practice – both due in September 2015.

Creating a guide for safer staffing in the community will be a challenge because of the multiple and complex variables involved. The QNI is poised to offer independent support to NHS England to deliver this work.

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