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Protected titles and safe skill mix: why it matters even more post-pandemic

Diluted staffing ratios and skill mix during intense pressure on NHS must not become the norm

Diluted staffing ratios and skill mix during intense pressure on NHS must not become the norm

As we start to consider what the NHS will look like post COVID-19, the elephant in the room clearly remains safe nurse staffing levels.

In critical care environments nurse-to-patient ratios – which are usually 1:1 – have been stretched to breaking point as the need to expand capacity has increased.

Safe staffing improves care and saves money – so why isn’t it standard?

Ward-based nurses have fared no better, with the expansion of beds and the need to take higher dependency patients without suitable staffing levels. Meanwhile, community nurses are managing increasing caseloads with no increase in staffing.

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