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NIHR Themed Review Staffing on Wards - Making decisions about healthcare staffing, improving effectiveness and supporting staff to care well

Published on 26 March 2019

The nature of patient needs and ward activity is changing. Inpatients tend to be more ill than they used to be, many with complex needs often arising from multiple long-term conditions. At the same time, hospitals face the challenges of a shortage and high turnover of registered nurses. Staffing on wards is the latest Themed Review from the NIHR Dissemination Centre. It presents recent evidence from NIHR-funded research, including studies on the number of staff needed, the support workforce and the organisation of care on the wards. While few research studies have explored the similar pressures that occur in community and social care, the learning from hospitals may be useful to decision makers in these areas.