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Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Aintree trust to assess nursing staff levels


Aintree University Hospitals Foundation Trust has launched a month-long study to assess nursing staff levels.

The study will look at nursing numbers on each ward and monitor the level of individual patient dependency, says the trust’s latest monthly transparency report.

“This information will offer us assurance that the staffing levels reflect the individual acuity on each ward,” says the report.

The report – part of the NHS North West Transparency Project – shows the hospital cared for 9,411 inpatients in March. One suffered a fall resulting in moderate harm, while 14 patients suffered a grade 2 pressure ulcer.

It added that 83% of nurses who took part in a staff survey said they were “always” satisfied with the quality of care given to patients, 16% said “sometimes” and just 1% said they were not satisfied.


Readers' comments (6)

  • i wonder will more staf work during that month or will they keep the staffing levels as it is?

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  • One fall for 9,000 patients. Find that a bit hard to believe. I think there is probably under reporting which is being "overlooked"

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  • It seems the results have already been decided. The report will off "assurance". Surely the aim should be to find out if staffing is adequate

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  • The general feeling within the trust is that they will use the results to cut staffing levels. One fall resulted in moderate harm… its all open to interpretation of the incident forms, what one person classes as moderate harm another would say was low harm. We have done loads of work on prevention of falls but still its hard to believe only 1 fall resulted in moderate harm.

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  • This is the second time the staff have been called to do this, they didn't collect all the details last time ( meaning whoever was asked to lead this didn't put the right statements on the audit) Also they aren't collating any details over the weekend, as of course, when the 9-5 office staff goes home, the hospital is magically transformed into a wonderland where no patients are admitted, die, move to other wards or are sent home. ( Also Moderate harm means a significant injury that can take up to 12 months to rectify)

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  • A ratio of two nurses and two health care assistants for twenty eight ill elderly confused and doubly incontinant patients is NOT good staffing levels. One does not need expensive time consuming surveys to know this. One can make statistics and surveys say what one wants them to say!

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