Supporting You Series

Dealing with Unexpected Staff Shortages

During the pandemic, care organisations are finding themselves with unexpected staff shortages including: 

  • Managers off sick
  • A large proportion of staff off
  • Key people involved in medicines administration unwell

Care organisations have come to us asking how to keep going when this happens, and agency or existing staff don't have the skills required to administer medicines safely and the people who usually provide guidance aren't available.

We have put together a plan of action which can be used to help you:

  • Quickly and effectively train staff if unexpected staff shortages should ever arise
  • Implement a training programme for existing staff and agency staff 
  • Understand potential weaknesses in your knowledge chain within your organisation