Case Number 3614
Request Date 06/05/2014
Completion Date 25/06/2014

 

Details of the Request

  • How does the Trust manage when there are staff shortages in Midwifery areas?
     
  • Does the Trust ever use agency when there are shortages and if so how is the decision arrived at as to which agency to use?
     
  • Did the Trust use agency staff in 2013 or used 2014 YTD?
     
  • What has total agency spend been on Midwives 2013 and YTD 2014?
     
  • How many hours were used from agencies for Midwives in 2013 and YTD 2014?

 

Details of the Response

1) How does the Trust manage when there are staff shortages in Midwifery areas?

The Maternity management team review the staffing on a daily basis and staffing is always on the agenda each week at our maternity and gynaecology management meeting.

If we have a staff shortage we move staff around. All midwives are familiar with working in all areas of the service and we maintain a degree of flexibility to work where the workload is. If this plan does not cover the workload we look at using our staff on the ‘bank’: these are our own midwives who want to work some extra shifts.

All staffing plans have to be in place for the night shift by 5pm each day.

We have a Supervisor on call each day and the supervisor of midwives can work clinically at any time. We also have a manager on call who will make staffing contingency plans and can also work clinically.

 

2) Does the Trust ever use agency when there are shortages and if so how is the decision arrived at as to which agency to use?

The Trust does not use any clinical agency staff in Maternity.

 

3) Did the Trust use agency staff in 2013 or used 2014 YTD?

No

 

4) What has the total agency spend been on Midwives 2013 and YTD 2014?

Nil

 

5) How many hours were used from agencies for Midwives in 2013 and YTD 2014?

Nil