Nearly 30 extra members of nursing staff are to be recruited across Scunthorpe and Grimsby hospitals, as part of a £450,000 investment programme.
Around 14 whole time equivalent staff nurses and 14 healthcare assistants will be recruited following a comprehensive establishment review of all wards across Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Foundation Trust.
Trust chief nurse Karen Dunderdale said: “The review clearly demonstrated that the acuity, dependency and complexity of patients being nursed on our wards has changed. People being admitted to hospital are more acutely ill and this requires more intensive nursing support.
“We have started the recruitment process and are already putting people into posts. I want to ensure we have the right staff in place to provide the best quality care possible for our patients.”
A “triangulation” approach was adopted for the review. It included input from each ward manager, heads of nursing and the matrons who together reviewed the nurse numbers, skill mix, acuity and dependency of patients along with what patients told us about their care.
The trust said the extra nursing staff would enable ward managers to provide enhanced support and leadership to their teams “ensuring they supervise clinical care, oversee and maintain nursing care standards, teach clinical practice and procedures”.
They will also be able to better oversee the ward environment and assume high visibility as the nurse leader of the ward.
Dr Dunderdale added: “Care quality and a good patient experience is at the heart of this investment as ward managers are vital in managing their ward teams and ward environment.”
However, the trust has currently stopped short of making ward managers entirely supervisory in status.
As reported by Nursing Times, over recent months an increasing number of trusts have announced they are introducing supervisory status for sisters and charge nurses in the wake of the Francis report and backing from ministers.
A spokeswoman for North Lincolnshire and Goole said: “We are currently reviewing the role of the ward manager in light of the establishment reviews. We are constantly reviewing our roles in nursing to ensure that we stay at the forefront of developments in nursing care.”
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