Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 13:32 GMT on Saturday, 1st December 2012.
NHS Lanarkshire announce additional hospital ward nurses

NHS LANARKSHIRE is investing in additional nurses in its hospital wards. 


The decision, which was taken at the Board Meeting of NHS Lanarkshire on Wednesday 28th November, follows a review of the acute nursing workforce using the application and analysis of Scottish Government Health Department Nursing & Midwifery Workload and Workforce Planning (NMWWP) tools.


An initial £433,000 workforce investment was approved, which will free up Senior Charge Nurses to undertake more supervision and will employ an additional 14.8 WTE nursing staff. Recruitment will start in January. 


The Board approved in principle an additional investment of £369,000 which will see a further 12 WTE nursing staff employed from April 2013.  This is subject to approval within the Board’s 2013/14 financial plan which will take place early in the New Year.


Rosemary Lyness, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals, who led the review said: “We believe this investment will enable nurses to increase their direct contact with patients and together with the increase in the Senior Charge Nurses’ supervisory role it will improve patient experience and efficiency within the wards.


“This has been a substantial review using the recommended triangulation approach of professional judgement, workload measurement and benchmarking. 


“It highlighted that while nurse staffing ratios have increased slightly in the last decade, demands have risen faster. 


“It remains important for us to continually monitor, review and evaluate the impact of this investment with a view to considering further investment in the future.”


Lilian Macer, Employee Director, commented: “The staff side fully support the Board’s decision to invest in the nursing workforce.   We are aware of the pressures nursing staff experience in the wards through surges in clinical activity and the impact from short-term sickness absence.


 “We have been fully involved in the review process and believe that this is the right direction to improve patient and staff experience in hospital.”


The investment taking place is in wards within the acute hospitals. Nursing reviews within mental health and community nursing are currently underway and will be concluded in the New Year.

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