East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust could become the latest trust to launch a nurse recruitment drive after the chief nurse warned the board staffing levels on many wards were “not sufficient”.
In a report presented to the board last week, Julie Pearce recommended the trust consider recruiting to bank posts to account for sickness and maternity leave. She said a snapshot survey had found the number of patients per registered nurse ranged from 4.5 to 10.9 with four wards exceeding Royal College of Nursing guidelines.
The report also recommends increasing the amount of time ward managers are allocated for surpervisory duties and changes to the skill mix and rostering on a number of wards to ensure better availability of band six nurses at weekends and overnight.
In the past six months Nursing Times has reported on a number of trusts who are looking to recruit more nurses including Guys and St Thomas Foundation Trust in London and Nottingham University Hospitals Trust.