|During 2013, the RQIA conducted an independent review of hospitals at nights and weekends. The review team examined a range of issues relating to the safe delivery of care in acute hospitals at nights and weekends including handover arrangements, services available, nursing and medical staffing arrangements and safety. The Review report (RQIA, 2013) highlighted differences between acute hospitals in the availability of services and staffing at nights and weekends. The report made 29 recommendations which the reviewers believe have the potential to contribute positively to the delivery of safer care at all acute hospitals across Northern Ireland.|
In 2015, the Clinical Director of the Northern Ireland HSC Safety Forum asked NIPEC to progress work to address Recommendation 1 within the report: “Trusts should ensure there are career pathways for nurses to prepare to take on the key roles of Senior Nurse Leads in hospitals at nights and weekends”. In so doing, it was agreed that the work would also address Recommendation 11 within the RQIA (2013) report, in relation to nursing: “The job titles of key roles in hospitals at nights and weekends should be standardised across hospitals to avoid confusion for staff who move between hospitals”.