More nurses to be employed at hospital?


Staff reporter (Border Counties)

MORE nurses could be employed at the Orthopaedic Hospital as staffing levels are reviewed.
The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RJAH) is currently reviewing the number of registered nurses and healthcare assistant in line with the recent recommendations made by the Francis and Berwick health service reports.
RJAH director of nursing Jayne Downey said: “The Berwick and Francis reports encourage all hospitals to undertake a review of the numbers of registered nurses and healthcare assistants and to ensure the ratios between the two are in line with safe staffing practice.
“We are following this recommendation and reviewing our nurse numbers and ratios across all wards at the hospital and we will be considering the results of our review at the end of March board meeting.”
At the February meeting, representatives from the Midlands Centre for Spinal Injuries (MCSI) described the improvement an implementation of the recommendations is having on their two spinal wards where, as a result of a full review, organisational and staffing changes continue to be made in order to ensure the continued safety of patients.
The board also heard about the extremely positive results from the Picker Institute 2013 Inpatient Survey, which will feed into the national Care Quality Commission Inpatient survey.
RJAH had a high response rate of 71 per cent and, of the 80 questions asked, scored better on 78 than the average of the other 75 Trusts surveyed.

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