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Tomorrow’s nurse: how other staff might fill gaps in the roster

A director of nursing sparked controversy by suggesting she may substitute nurses with other staff because her NHS trust is struggling to recruit. Does she have a point and what other options do managers have?

A director of nursing sparked controversy by suggesting she may substitute nurses with other staff because her NHS trust is struggling to recruit. Does she have a point and what other options do managers have?

A trust struggling to recruit nurses sparked a heated debate after revealing it may use a range of other professionals and support staff to fill gaps in nursing rosters.

Julie Smith, chief nurse at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, said she was considering role substitution as the trust remains unable to fill 500 nursing vacancies.

The trust has set up a project called Tomorrow’s Ward to consider whether other staff, including health professionals such as pharmacists and therapists, could fill some of the posts.

Julie Smith, whose trust has set up the Tomorrow’s Ward project.

After facing criticism over the plans,

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