Vic acute wards to benefit from 100 nurse boost

Scott McLean, executive director of nursing NHS Fife
Scott McLean, executive director of nursing NHS Fife
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Staff numbers at Victoria Hospital are set to be bolstered after NHS Fife announced a major recruitment drive for 100 additional nurses.

The initiative, which was formally approved by the health board on Tuesday, will see the largest proportion of the new intake placed in acute services at Kirkcaldy and also Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline.

The move follows a comprehensive review which profiled existing nursing staff numbers on inpatient wards and assessed them against modern-day health requirements, explained Professor Scott McLean, executive director of nursing.

“The allocation of nurses to wards will be based on an assessment of need,” he said.

“There is a commitment to recruit these registered nurses by March 2015 and, as such, we are already engaged in a process to allocate them across all NHS Fife inpatient sites.

He added: “Specifically referencing the acute services provided at both the Victoria and Queen Margaret Hospitals, we will be investing in an additional 57 nurses.”

The remainder will be deployed to Cameron Hospital, Glenrothes Hospital, Adamson Hospital, St Andrews Community Hospital, and Randolph Wemyss Hospital.

Currently there are 3437 nurses and midwives employed by NHS Fife across the region.

Prof. McLean added: “Minimum staffing levels across wards vary depending on the type of patients being cared for in the ward. As an average, this investment will result in a maximum of one registered nurse to seven patients, per shift. However, the deployment of this resource will be in the hands of the experts: the ward Senior Charge Nurses.”

He added: “The appointment of more registered nurses will not only increase our focus on providing safe, effective, and person centred care for our patients, it will also help ensure we continue to provide a high quality working environment for our excellent and committed nursing staff.”

And that’s just the start ...

Professor Scott McLean: “Over the coming months, we plan to roll out similar workforce reviews across a number of other nursing services, including maternity, theatres, children’s services, mental health, learning disability, and community nursing. These reviews will provide solutions to further improve care, in line with the changing needs of the people of Fife.”