South Tyneside Foundation Trust has announced it is investing £1.8m in nursing staff as part of an ongoing programme to ensure its services are safe and high quality.
The trust’s board has approved the additional spending to take on another 60 nurses over the course of the coming year,
It follows a previous investment of £1.2m in staffing over the last three years.
The latest move follows a major internal review of nurse staffing levels carried out by Bev Atkinson, the trust’s executive director of nursing and patient safety.
The review looked at staffing numbers and skill mix across South Tyneside District Hospital, Primrose Hill Hospital and Palmer Community Hospital.
Ms Atkinson said: “The review was an important step in assuring ourselves and our patients that safety standards across our trust are maintained for future generations, as patients’ dependency becomes a greater challenge.
“The growing population of frail elderly and the increasing complexity of care which patients with multiple needs require in hospital mean we have to look closely at the way our ward staff deliver care,” she said.
“We need to ensure we have the right staff, with the right skills in the right place to provide the correct level of care,” Ms Atkinson added.
“We also need to have the staff available to discuss with our very sick patients, and their families, the intense support which will be required and to ensure their wishes about their care are taken into consideration.
“The review has given us the background information we need to successfully deliver this.”
The trust now aims to carry out a review of staffing levels across its community services in Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland.
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