Demanding safe staffing levels to ensure quality nursing care

The Alliance

About the Alliance: who we are and what we do

A nursing alliance with a firm and simple message: numbers matter
Senior figures have joined forces as part of Nursing Standard's Care campaign to demand minimum staffing levels that ensure quality care.

It is time we took a firm stand in the battle for safe staff levels
Experts say we must use the evidence to win the case for appropriate staffing.

Safe Staffing Alliance lobby for change
Members of the Commons health committee were among MPs and peers who signed up to the safe staffing campaign at a reception at the Houses of Parliament.

About safe staffing: the arguments for safe staffing levels

We're asking MPs a simple question: do you support nurses?
In the run up to the general election in May we are asking all MPs a simple question: Do you support nurses? We have written to each and every one of them calling on them to support our Safe Staffing Alliance manifesto which sets out the key issues on safe nurse staffing.

How can nurses show compassion in 7.5 minutes an hour?
What can you do in seven and a half minutes? Change a dressing? Maybe, if it's straightforward. Check and administer an injection or make a bed? Probably.

Politicians should be accountable for staff numbers
Who should be held accountable for safe and compassionate care in the NHS?

Getting ratios right, for the patients' sake
When nursing is undervalued, care is inevitably undermined.

Can cash-strapped health boards aford to ignore safe staffing levels?
RCN Wales is warning that undignifed care due to inadequate staffing levels will continue unless nurse-to-patient ratios are mandated.

Quantity and quality
Could Scotland's new mandatory staffing tools work elsewhere in the NHS?

Safe Staffing Alliance in the media

The Safe Staffing Alliance's Liz Robb appeared on BBC television to demand safer nurse staffing levels. Liz and other Alliance members have done many media interviews on television, radio and in print, speaking up on behalf of nursing and demanding staff staffing levels.

In the media

Supporters: organisations


In addition to these organisations, the Safe Staffing Alliance also has the support of a number of individuals. Find out about them.

Supporters: individuals

Jane Ball, deputy director, National Nursing Research Unit;

Judith Ellis, dean, London South Bank University faculty of health and social care;

Baroness Audrey Emerton, nurse member of the House of Lords;

Ruth Holt, chief nurse, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust;

Keith Hurst, senior lecturer, University of Leeds health sciences institute;

Elaine Inglesby, nurse director, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and member, prime minister’s nursing and care quality forum;

Lis Jones, nurse director, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust;

Alison Leary, independent healthcare consultant and research analyst;

Trish Morris-Thompson, chief nurse, NHS London;

Jenny Kay, director of quality, Merton Clinical Comissioning Group;

Eiri Jones, interim director of nursing, United Linconshire Hospitals NHS Trust;

Cathy Winfield, director of patient experience & chief nurse, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;

Claire Johnston, director of nursing and people, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust;

Elisabeth Jelfs, director of policy, Council of Deans of Health;

Elizabeth Robb, chief executive, The Florence Nightingale Foundation;

Fiona Nolan, Camden & Islington NHS Trust;

Gwen Collins, chief nurse & lead director for clinical governance, Bupa;

Helen Morgan, acting chief nurse, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust;

Helen Thomson, director of nursing/ deputy CEO), Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust;

Pippa Hart, director of nursing standards & quality assurance, Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust;

Sarah Amani, manager of Early Intervention in Psychosis Service & Youth Mental Health Network Lead for NHS South of England (East);

Susan Osborne, healthcare consultant;

Yvonne Sawbridge, senior fellow, Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham;

Professor Jennifer Hunt; retired;

Katherine Fenton OBE, chief nurse, University College London NHS Foundation Trust and professor of nursing leadership, City and Southbank Universities;

Libby McManus, executive director of nursing and quality, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust;

Mandie Sunderland, chief nurse, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust;

Mike Wright, executive director of nursing, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Sign Support Seek


About safe staffing

The Safe Staffing Alliance has brought together some of the vast body of evidence that staffing levels are linked to quality.

Find out more

Read our response to NICE

Contact us

We would like to hear what's going on in your area so we have an up-to-date picture of the staffing situation nationally.

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