Northern Heath and Social Care Trust
Subject: Nursing Workforce Update
Content: At the Trust Board meeting held on 24 November 2011, the
Director of Nursing advised of the review being undertaken on
the adequacy of nurse staffing levels. Mrs MacLeod provided
assurance on nurse staffing levels but advised of the reliance of
temporary, bank and agency staff and that posts required to be
filled on a permanent basis.
This review has now been completed across the acute
directorate and, as a result, the Trust has agreed to increase the
current staff establishment to achieve nurse to bed ratios of 1.3
in all acute surgical and medical wards.
The recruitment process has commenced to appoint 58.85 WTE
nursing posts (47.24 registered and 11.61 non registered).
Posts were advertised in the press on 17 January and it is
hoped that new appointments will commence by April 2012.
Author: Mrs Olive MacLeod