Posted on Thursday 3rd February 2011
North Cumbria University Hospitals is recruiting for new nursing staff
Nursing is at the forefront of ensuring patients receive the best care hospitals can provide. To deliver this, ward areas should have strong and visible nursing leadership with the right skills and staffing levels.
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is continuing with its review of nursing to ensure we continue to provide safe, high quality care.
We started in September and we have regular meetings and planned drop-in sessions to discuss this review with our nursing teams. The Trust has valued the discussions with the RCN, the professional union of nursing, and their expertise and advice as the review has progressed.
One of the main considerations in this review is to “put power back on the wards” by giving control back to the Ward Sister. This will ensure that more nurses are delivering patient care right at the frontline. This will give firm leadership of our wards in areas which are important such as infection prevention, quality of nursing care and ongoing improvement in patient experience.
The Trust has been closely monitoring recruitment whilst this review has been taking place and has been using its nurse bank and extra hours to support vacancies.
We are now in a position to advertise internally for 12 permanent nursing posts and three temporary nursing posts across both our hospitals.
Chris Platton, the Acting Director of Nursing who is overseeing the review, said: “The main thrust of our review has been to ensure that we have the right people in the right place to meet the needs of our patients now and in the future.”
Estephanie Dunn, the Operational Manager for the RCN Northern Region, said: “The proposed recruitment of an additional 12 permanent nursing posts and three temporary nursing posts is extremely good news. We know from speaking to our members that this decision will be very welcome and hope that this goes some way to addressing some of the work pressures they have been dealing with.
“We are continuing to engage with the Trust as the review and consultation process develops. The Trust is providing us with assurances that they are listening to our call for a minimum of one ward sister for each ward. The Trust has also assured us that they will endeavour to ensure that the ward sister has enough time, authority and resources to ensure that safe and effective care is being delivered. In practice, this means they must have the right number of trained and experienced nurses and health care support staff.
“The review is still ongoing and this is because the Trust has told us they are endeavouring to accommodate the feedback they have received from both ourselves and staff. We look forward to seeing this feedback reflected in the final draft.
“The RCN also welcomes the Trust’s reaffirmation that they stand by their commitment to avoid redundancies.”