Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust plans to recruit nearly 80 additional nursing staff in response to the Francis report into care failings at the nearby Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.
A board report from the end of November reveals that Sarah Bloomfield, the trust’s acting director of nursing and quality, and other senior operational nurses carried out a review of nurse staffing levels to ensure they were adequate to provide safe, high quality care.
The report suggested the move was sparked by the Francis report and other high profile national reviews by patient safety expert Professor Don Berwick and NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh.
It concluded the trust needed to recruit a total of 79 whole time equivalent members of staff, comprising 45 registered nurses and 34 healthcare assistants. It estimated the extra staff would cost the trust £3.6m.
Their report noted that “safe nursing staffing levels have been ever more highlighted as being of critical importance in delivering high quality, safe and effective care”.
It stated: “Following the publication of the Francis, Keogh and Berwick reports there has been considerable debate over safe nurse staffing levels and how assurance can be gained that these are set and maintained appropriately.
“As a result of this review a significant increase in nursing establishments is recommended plus improved robustness to assurance arrangements relating to nurse staffing,” it added.
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