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Nursing staff removed from duty by Brighton trust


Two nurses have been removed from duty at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust amid claims that their removal is linked to a highly critical inspection by regulators, Nursing Times understands.

Nursing Times has been told by a source that the nurses – believed to be from accident and emergency and critical care – have been suspended by the organisation pending investigation.

The source said the move was linked to a critical Care Quality Commission inspection, which raised serious concerns about the organisation.

The CQC completed its latest inspection of the trust in April but told Nursing Times it had not yet published its report.

NHS Improvement, which has the power to place organisations into special measures, also said it had not yet received a copy of the report on the trust from the CQC.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, said: “No formal action has been taken against nursing staff as a result of our CQC inspection.”

As reported by Nursing Times in October last year, CQC inspectors rated the trust’s urgent and emergency services as “inadequate” following a previous inspection in June 2015.

Inspectors said they observed that the A&E did not always have the staff or facilities to ensure the safe accommodation of patients in the emergency department.

Patient safety was compromised because the initial assessment of patients was not done quickly enough, concluded the regulator’s latest report.

In addition, patient flow from A&E into hospital beds was poor, with many patients waiting to be admitted to wards.


Readers' comments (8)

  • recently in Surrey a hospital found that nurses had three times the ratio of patients in there care in an assessment unit and were exonerated from neglect. surely staff ratios are managed by some one senior as it must indeed incur thee most horrific stress for staff.
    I used to manage 25 patients on a multi complex unit in a private care home and having to juggle at least 6 peg feeds,multiple complex diabetic regimes,parkinson,tracheas ,on 12 hr shifts. i found it very stressful and you have to get it right . that is serving the quality care that individuals deserve but how can this happen when you have one nurse on duty with no back up. I can thank the most skilful and trustworthy care staff for supporting me through a dos insane time. It is not uncommon but surely management need to be looking carefully at need and dependancy levels.
    no wonder we are losing nurses due to stress and it is a terrible shame as most nurses are actually decent caring individuals

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  • Why have 2 nurses being removed? Are they junior or senior? I can't understand how 2 nurses can be responsible for so many problems and sounds ridiculous when it seems overcrowding and poor patient flow through the hospital.

    Where was the operating officer and the managerial support? And support services? Should patient flow not come under the remit of the inpatient service to prevent overcrowding in A&E? Why would it come down to nurses?? Sounds bizarre.

    How did the nursing staff manage to maintain compassion to patients when working under such stressful shifts and without significant effect on staff absence. Sounds like a few duvet days would be evident if not caring and dedicated.

    I. Re the CQC report if the vacancy rate only 7.6 per cent and sickness rate not too bad why would at times there be up to 50 per cent less staff on some shifts? Sounds as if re CQC needs to pick and undo some of the real data. Additionally, I would suspect the trust is relying and pressurising existing staff to fill the nusing shifts. This is a practive that nationally be seriously reviewed as put health and safety for individuals and patients at risk when staff may be asked to do back to back shifts and such like.

    Could not see much reference to other clinical staff ie paramedics (why bring more patients if there is overcrowding?), medical staff, diagnostics, bed management, , mental health support, social services, pallative, site managers, cleaning staff etc

    Just a thought, has the two nurses had their say?

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  • Note that if a nurse is suspended they are not allowed to 'have their say' - nor discuss with their colleagues who are still at work - until the formal investigation is completed- Disciplinary Policy.

    Strange that the NT is publishing this report dated 10th June when these suspensions had only just happened on the 9th June and were confidential at that time.
    Don't know how the NT sourced this information so quickly.

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  • Hmmmm, something not sounding too right about this at all!

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  • Scapegoats springs to mind. The nurses on the ground, flogged to death, doing their best get the "boot"...what about management? It is impossible to give the standard of care required - when you actually get someone who requires A & E care- with the staffing levels in place. Then the junior doctors were on strike the consultants came in and sent anyone home who didn't need immediate care. Get those overpaid lazy underworked managers to earn their money. If they did their job there might be more time for the nurses on the ground to do theirs. Hang on in there all of you who are flogged. Most of us our here really really appreciate you.

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  • I find it strge how only two nurses have been suspended pending investigation. What inveatigation exactly? This hospital has been failing to meet targets for some time now. This has been known for quite some time by powers that be. For example not only so recently have they recruited a new chief executive due to the failings of the last.
    How exactly do they expect this trust to thrive and meet targets when no funding or resources are given to it in order to make changes? This surely is a managemental responsibility, is it not? But clearly according to the trust it is the two nurses who are to answer for the failings outlined by the cqc. Please note all these failings were previously noted by the cqc in 2015.

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  • Two nurses could be at the Band 9 level not frontline workers.

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  • Yet again the FAT CATS AT THE TOP STAY IN POST, Whilst two staff are suspended,? -Agree Something not right here. I think nothing is done for the nurses working on the ground / coalface and yet again management ignore
    dependency levels /ratio of patients allocated to staff- Be it at the risk/ peril to patients,whilst management run a service provision (YET AGAIN) with staffing levels cut to the bone,for a few more bucks in the bank-.

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