Weston Area Health Trust’s board has agreed to fund an additional 62.6 full time equivalent nurses and healthcare assistants to improve patient safety and patient experience.
A paper to April’s board said recruitment should be complete by September at which time all ward sisters will become supervisory.
The total cost of the additional staff will be £1.7m. It is hoped much of it will be met by a reduction in the £2.4m spend on bank and agency staff during 2012-13.
The changes mean the maximum number of patients a nurse will be responsible for should be 4.6. In some areas skill mix will fall to just 47% registered nurses.
However, the paper says in practice the skill mix will be higher due to the presence of supervisory sisters.
4 April 2013