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Trust to take on extra nurses after staffing review

Nearly 80 nurses are due to start work next year at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust as part of ongoing efforts to improve staffing levels to cope with increased patient acuity.

The trust is taking on 79 additional registered nurses in January. It follows the recruitment in August of 102 extra healthcare assistants and 16 midwives last month.

Two workforce reviews, carried out in March and September, found potential nursing shortages across the trust but particularly in musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory, cancer, and women’s and children’s services.

Although the reviews recommended spending £2.8m on recruitment, only £2m has so far been released. But director of nursing Carole Ribbins said the investment would give the trust a skill mix of at least 60:40 qualified to unqualified staff on every ward.

She said: “Our admitted patients are older, frailer and more poorly than they were a few years ago and that means the nursing required is more intensive.

“These extra nurses will be deployed across wards in all three of our hospitals but predominantly in our medical wards where the pressures are most acute.”

Readers' comments (4)

  • the needed a review to employ new staff??????

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  • perhaps they were (like everyone else) short-staffed in the first place, 80 nurses is not that many for three hospitals - whoopee another 27 nurses per hospital. How many are due to retire next year, go on Mat leave, be on long-term sick?

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  • RE: Anonymous | 12-Dec-2012 10:21 am
    Yes they are merely bringing the numbers back up to what they were in the first place some time ago. Maybe patient care is back on the agenda at one of the worst run Trusts in the UK.

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  • Oh come guys this is a positive thing - better than saying "we are making 80 nurses redundent"
    Sickness level is atrocious, 1000s of days lost to sickness - if those people who choose to take the odd days off here & there (you know who you are) came to work instead then numbers would be great.

    Lets see this as a positive thing - there is only so much negativity you can take.
    Merry Christmas

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