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Wales set to introduce staffing acuity measure

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Plans to introduce an assessment process to determine the right staffing levels on wards based on the severity of patients’ conditions have been announced by the Welsh Government.

The move, set out by health minister for Wales Lesley Griffiths, forms part of the Welsh Government’s initial response to the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust Public Inquiry report.

Ms Griffiths said: “Having the right number of staff with the right skill set is recognised to be a key factor in providing safe, high quality care.”

She said that work on nurse staffing levels and the testing of an acuity tool for hospital adult acute care settings had been underway over the last 12 months.

“This will enable nurses to assess the severity of patients’ conditions, whether they are likely to deteriorate, and what their ongoing needs will be, when determining the required staffing levels and skill mix,” she said.

Full implementation of an acuity tool for adult acute care settings is expected in 2014. Work on acuity tools for other care settings is also being planned.


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