Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

01283 566333 Queen's Hospital, Belvedere Road , Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 0RB



  • Ward Staffing Levels

Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the principal provider of acute hospital services for the residents of Burton upon Trent and surrounding areas including South Staffordshire, South Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire.  The Trust serves a population of approximately 360,000 people and is committed to delivering high quality patient care.


In 2011, the Trust took over the running of two Community Hospitals, Samuel Johnson Lichfield and Sir Robert Peel Tamworth. It also acquired the Treatment Centre, based on the Queen’s Hospital Burton site, providing day case and ophthalmology services to the immediate area and beyond.


The Trust is strongly placed to provide outreach and community based clinics, all of which are supported by a dedicated team of clinical staff and senior managers.  The Trust recognises the importance of working in the community, providing patients with the choice to access services in a setting that may be more amenable or comfortable for them. 


At Queen’s Burton there is a full complement of Accident and Emergency, outpatient and direct access services. All specialties are supported by a comprehensive range of clinical services in therapies, pharmacy, pathology, and radiology. We have two MRI Scanners, two CT Scanners, a dedicated endoscopy suite, a breast care unit, stroke facilities and modern maternity units.


The Trust works in partnership with other healthcare providers to offer patients access to more specialist services that are not traditionally provided at a district general hospital, such as renal services or Neurosurgery.


The Trust has a number of operating theatres across each of its sites, We also provide inpatient and outpatient services, surgery and Minor Injuries Units, from our Community Hospital facilities and a midwife-led maternity unit at Samuel Johnson Lichfield. Outreach clinics are also provided in a number of other locations in acute and community settings across a wide range of specialties. 


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Ward Staffing Levels

Patient safety is a key priority for Burton Hospitals. The National Quality Board (NQB), on behalf of the Care Quality Commission, Chief Inspector of Hospitals and Chief Nursing Officer of England issued guidance in November 2013 that made ten key recommendations to optimise nursing, midwifery and care staffing capacity and capability. At Burton Hospitals we have welcomed this call to be open and transparent about our staffing levels and we are happy to publish information on a ward by ward basis about our staff rotas. We consider this a key element of delivering excellent healthcare services, and aim to achieve this by ensuring that we have the right people with the right skills in the right place at the right time.

Our aim is to make it easy for you to see at a glance how many staff we PLAN to have on duty on each ward every day – and how many staff are ACTUALLY working on those shifts. This information is now displayed on all of our in-patient wards. If this information isn’t readily or easily available, please speak to the Senior Sister of the ward who will be able to address this.

Information on each of our inpatient adult wards can be accessed here

More specific information can be found on our websitehttp://www.burtonhospitals.nhs.uk/departments-and-services/ward-staffing.htm

We are also completing a nationally recognised evidence based audit tool on a daily basis, referred to as the Safer Nursing Care Tool (SNCT), which provides information to the Senior Nursing team on whether our staffing levels are appropriate for the numbers of patients on our wards. This information is used to predict whether further investment into nursing numbers is required. In addition, we will be publishing our staff sickness rates per ward and information for maternity and paediatric services from July within this reporting template.

On behalf of the Trust Board, I hope you find this information useful. As leaders of the Trust, we consider all staff groups to be both valuable and essential to the delivery of patient care, and our work on nurse staffing levels is part of a wider programme that is considering all staff and professional groups. The results of our SNCT audits and information on nurse staffing levels is discussed in our open Trust Board meetings, details of which can be accessed here

Director of Nursing


Last updated on 14 August 2018.

Last updated on 14 August 2018.

Information supplied by Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust