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NICE seeks nurse experts to help develop staffing guidance

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is calling on senior nurses and healthcare assistants to apply to join a key committee involved in developing key guidance on safe staffing levels.

NICE wants to recruit new standing members for its safe staffing advisory committee.

It is currently involved in drawing up a series of guidelines for the NHS, which was commissioned by the government in the wake of the Francis report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

The committee comprises 14 standing members. As part of this group, NICE said it was seeking to recruit three directors of nursing or chief nurses and one nursing assistant advocate.

A spokeswoman for NICE said: “As the guidance focuses on nursing care, four of the posts are for lead nurses or nursing advocates.”

Last month, NICE published proposals for consultation on safe staffing levels in maternity settings.

The draft guidance was the second in the series on safe staffing levels developed by the NICE in response to recommendations in the Francis report.

The first set of guidance in the series was published in July and covered safe staffing for nursing in adult inpatient wards in acute hospitals.

Similar staffing guidelines are also planned for other settings including community and mental health.

Standing committee members will be initially recruited for three years but could be extended up to a maximum of 10 years subject to mutual agreement.

Members are expected to attend all committee meetings, which will usually last all day and take place every four to eight weeks.

 

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  • Interesting that committee focusing on nursing care but only seeking to recruit four nurses out of a committee of 14!! The usual scenario of people making decisions on areas that they know very little about. One would really need to be an experienced practical nurse in acute settings to have a true understanding of the demands nursing teams face. And no doctors are not best placed to make decisions how nursing teams and wards are run.

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  • Interesting!

    A nursing assistant advocate and three "Chief Nurses" !

    Why no front line RN's who actually understand the daily pressures ?

    I despair !

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  • Agree Forget about the pen pushers and meeting attenders get some front line workers on the case.

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