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Most challenged trusts beginning to boost nurse numbers

Trusts placed in “special measures” for poor performance have appointed 600 plus more nursing staff over a period of just three months, according to a progress report.

Over the period July to October 2013, data shows almost 650 whole time equivalents extra nurses and healthcare assistants have been appointed by 14 trusts placed in special measures.

Leadership has been strengthened through 49 new appointments, including four nurse directors.

A report published on 14 February by Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority said “significant progress” had been made by England’s most challenged hospitals.

Special measures – a package of intensive support to challenged trusts – was put in place at 11 trusts in July, followed by a further three since then.

The original group were placed in special measures after care failings were identified in a review into hospitals with higher than average mortality rates by NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh. HIs review raised concerns around staff levels at a number of the trusts.

Each trust in special measures is required to produce an action plan. Of the 244 special measures actions across all the trusts, 34% have been delivered and a further 52% are on track for completion within the expected timescale.

David Flory, chief executive of the NHS Trust Development Authority, said: “Substantial progress that has been made in each of the NHS trusts that have been placed in special measures and I want to thank the NHS staff.”

  • Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – gained an additional 32 whole time equivalent nurses and nursing support staff
  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – gained 141 nurses and nursing support staff
  • North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust – gained an additional 75 nurses and nursing support staff
  • Medway NHS Foundation Trust – additional 102 nurses and nursing support staff
  • Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust – has appointed a new nursing director who takes up post on 1 April 2014
  • East Lancashire NHS Trust – recruited an additional 104 nurses and nursing support staff, and appointed new nursing director
  • George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust – gained an additional 19 nurses and nursing support staff
  • North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust – has recruited an additional 67 nurses and nursing support staff
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust – has acquired an additional 36 qualified nurses and a new nurse director will be appointed in the coming months
  • Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – gained an additional 35 nurses and nursing support staff , and has ended long shift patterns and introduced an alternative nursing shift system at ward level
  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – gained an additional 63 nurses and nursing support staff
  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust – appointed new nurse director and there is now 100% compliance with nurse staffing ratios (1:8 patients in the daytime and 1:11 at night)
  • Colchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – has appointed new nurse director
  • Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust – action plan currently being developed

Readers' comments (1)

  • michael stone

    Long term, where is the money for this coming from ? The Goverment has been pushing what equates to 'more care for less money' but these trusts could well have ran into problems, precisely because there is a limit to how much care can be provided for a given spend: so if this isn't either a temporary 'fix/knee-jerk reaction', how does this pan out long-term ?

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