Press Release

12 June 2014

The England Centre for Practice Development (ECPD) is working in partnership with community health care services in Kent, Surrey and Sussex to research the value of workload planning tools to help plan safe staffing for future community based services.

The research project is an important initiative which will aim to help NHS England achieve a strategic objective of promoting safer staffing levels and provide person centred, safe and effective care at the right time, in the right place, closer to or in the home.

Working closely with Dr Alison Leary, Visiting Reader with the ECPD, this Health Education England funded research programme uses the Cassandra Matrix Tool as a way of capturing workload activity across teams, organisations and geographical boundaries that deliver general and specialist community services across Kent, Surrey and Sussex community based organisations. This will allow for caseload calculations to be made; caseload simulations to be generated and provide a detailed comparative analysis of workforce resourcing patterns and gap analysis. This in turn will help health care commissioners plan for safer staffing levels.

The project also offers a unique opportunity to work with Kent and Medway Partnership Trust to develop a new tool to understand workload activity across integrated mental health teams in the region.

Carrie Jackson, Director of the England Centre for Practice Development, said: “We are very excited to be working with Kent and Medway Partnership Trust to help strengthen their ability to provide person centred, safe and effective care.

“There is currently no system in England that healthcare providers can use specifically for workforce planning and safer staffing levels in mental health settings. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has been commissioned to develop a national guidance for safer staffing in mental health services and work on this will start in 2015. Therefore, our work with Kent and Medway Partnership Trust could give us the opportunity to play a key role in helping mental health services find creative solutions to workforce issues that will shape the way services need to transform to meet the needs of the communities they serve.”

Donna Eldridge, Deputy Director of Nursing at Kent and Medway Partnership Trust, said: “We are really pleased to be working with the England Centre for Practice Development on this exciting project. It gives us the opportunity to contribute to the national discussions and work around a case load management tool for mental health settings which is long overdue.”

Notes to Editor

  • An association algorithm and data mining for workforce delivery patterns will be used in the research project. This data will provide a unique and important opportunity to develop case management scenarios useful for commissioners of community services and provide valuable data that can be mined for predictive modelling.
  • The England Centre for Practice Development is hosted by the Faculty of Health and Social Care at Canterbury Christ Church University. It is part of an international network of practice developers who are members of the International Practice Development Collaborative (IPDC). It is committed to the innovation of services and practices at the point of care to ensure that they are person-centered, safer and more effective.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest provider of education, training and skills to the public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey



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