Ruth May Regional Chief Nurse (Midlands & East) NHS England opened today's Safe Staffing conference with a keynote address focusing on:
made the following points:
was SRO for Action Area 5: 'ensuring we have the right staff, with the right skills in the right place'.
Ruth lead the development of the NQB How to Guide with support from nurses across England which was a huge step in the cultural shift on safe nurse staffing.
Following the development of the NQB guidance, Boards now sign off and publish evidence-based staffing reviews at least every 6 months.
Boards receive monthly updates on workforce information including the number of staff on duty compared with the planned staffing level, the reason for any gaps and the action being taken to address them.
This workforce information is looked at along with quality of care metrics to drive improvements in the quality of care patients receive.
team have specifically commissioned work to develop guidance and tools for staffing in mental health, learning disability and community settings.
The Mental Health Inpatient Staffing Framework which will be released this month has been developed to apply a mental health perspective to the expectations highlighted in the NQB guidance.
also delivered on the NHS England commitment to commission research into three important areas to develop a greater evidence base to inform decisions in relation to safe and effective staffing, including:
Ruth May was appointed as Regional Chief Nurse for NHS England (Midlands and East) in October 2012 following her role as Nurse Director for the NHS Midlands and East SHA and two years as Chief Nurse at NHS East of England.
From of 1st July 2015 Ruth May
will take up appointment as Nurse Director at Monitor
within the Patient and Clinical Engagement Directorate where she
will complement the clinical advice provided by Professor Hugo Mascie-Taylor, Monitor's Medical Director and Executive Director of Patient and Clinical Engagement.
Ruth has a theatre nursing background and nearly 30 years' experience of working in the NHS.
During her career she has held several high profile NHS leadership roles including two Chief Executive appointments of acute hospitals, Chief Executive of a Primary Care Group and Director of Nursing of a PCT.
Ruth was a member of the Nursing Care Quality Forum set up in January 2012 by the Prime Minister and the Health Secretary.
supported Sally Brearley as Chair by leading the Patient Experience work stream championing the Friends and Family Test.
supported the national work in development of Quality Surveillance Groups which operate as a network of organisations locally and regionally, working together to act as an early warning system for quality.