Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) has deployed 6500 mobile devices to their clinical staff to enable implementation of electronic observations. The wide availability of mobile devices, highly engaged clinical teams and in-house developers brought huge opportunity to develop bespoke applications to benefit clinicians and patients.
Along with the Care Navigator and Clinical Guidelines applications, NUH has developed an app called Safer Staffing. This simple and quick to use tool allows the trust to see an accurate, live nurse staffing position across more than 85 wards and departments including maternity, critical care areas and the children's hospital. The app reports – in real-time – the fill rate and skill mix, and highlights whether a ward has high numbers of bank and/or agency staff. The application asks the nurse in charge to declare if, in their judgement, the ward is safe to deliver the required level of care to the current patient group with the available staff on duty. This allows any member of staff to see how safe the nursing teams consider staffing levels to be and, therefore, enables the trust to see where support is required.
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