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Staffing nursing midwifery and care staff (NStfFil)

Frequency: monthly

How do I submit the data?

SDCS guidance

Background to the collection

One of the obstacles to eliminating unwarranted variation in nursing and care staff deployment across the NHS provider sector has been the absence of a single means of recording and reporting deployment. Conventional units of measurement that have been developed previously, have informed the evidence base for staffing models - such as reporting staff complements using WTEs, skill-mix or patient to staff ratios at a point in time, but it is recognised by Nurse leaders may not reflect varying staff allocation across the day or include the wider multidisciplinary team. Also, because of the different ways of recording this data, no consistent way of interpreting productivity and efficiency is straightforward nor comparable between organisations.To provide a single consistent way of recording and reporting deployment of staff working on inpatient wards/units we developed, tested and adopted Care Hours per Patient Day (CHPPD).

  • CHPPD is calculated by adding the hours of registered nurses to the hours of healthcare support workers and dividing the total by every 24 hours of in-patient admissions(or approximating 24 patient hours by counts of patients at midnight).
  • CHPPD reports split out registered nurses and healthcare support workers to ensure skill mix and care needs are met.

Launch and submission dates

Period Launch date Deadline date

December 2019

2 January 2020

Midday on 16 January 2020

January 2020

3 February 2020

Midday on 17 February 2020

February 2020

2 March 2020

Midday on 16 March 2020

March 2020 1 April 2020 Midday on 15 April 2020
April 2020 1 May 2020 Midday on 15 May 2020
May 2020 1 June 2020 Midday on 15 June 2020
June 2020 1 July 2020 Midday on 15 July 2020
July 2020 3 August 2020 Midday on 17 August 2020
August 2020 1 September 2020 Midday on 15 September 2020
September 2020 1 October 2020 Midday on 15 October 2020
October 2020 2 November 2020 Midday on 16 November 2020
November 2020 1 December 2020 Midday on 15 December 2020
December 2020 4 January 2021 Midday on 18 January 2021


Last edited: 3 January 2020 11:23 am