Friday, July 10, 2015

NICE (uk) to publish guidance on safe staffing levels for A&E departments

Following intense pressure from the RCN, including a near unanimous vote at Congress to oppose the halt to NICE's work on safe staffing, NICE have confirmed it will still publish its work on recommended nurse staffing levels for accident and emergency departments, despite NHS England asking NICE to stop their work. NICE recommendations are due to be published at the end of July.
RCN commissioned research identified staff shortages in A&E departments – in some cases between 10 and 20 per cent. Given the pressures on staff in A&E departments, these recommendations will be timely and a welcome step by NICE.

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