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Weston Area Health Trust

Somerset trust plans to recruit more nurses

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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.

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  • 4.6 patients to one nurse? 5 then!

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