Brenda Creaney, Director of Nursing and User Experience, BHSCT. Click on the image to view the introductory video.

Introduction                                                                                      

Whilst health and social care services continue to be delivered to the highest standards across a system supported by highly skilled and motivated workforce. The effective and safe management of patients during nights and weekends is increasingly being emphasised as a key challenge for hospitals.

There is a growing international body of research linking higher mortality rates and poorer outcomes with hospital care delivered at nights and weekends, compared to care delivered during weekdays and daytime shifts.

The NIPEC led "Senior Nurse Out of Hours" project's aim was to ensure a standardise approach for this role across hospitals in Northern Ireland.

Learn more about the background to the Senior Nurse Out of Hours Project.