The Chief Nursing Officer for Northern Ireland has commissioned the Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professions at the Public Health Agency to develop a framework to ensure appropriate skills and rudimentary statistics in Northern Ireland. The need to develop tools to enable effective workforce planning was recognised in the Northern Ireland Strategy for Nursing and Midwifery 2010 - 2015: A Partnership for Care. NIPEC was asked to manage and co-ordinate a project to define staffing ranges within primary and secondary care settings to support the achievement of safe, effective, person-centred care. The resulting definitions continue to support constructive conversations to take place between commissioners and service providers.

A project Steering Group and Working Group were set up in 2011 and a number of communiques produced to update stakeholders on the work which was achieved.

Subsequently, on conclusion of the first Phase, the Minister for Health, Edwin Poots MLA, announced the Delivering Care Framework as policy 27th January 2014. Final versions of the documents can be found in pdf format below.

To View Phase 2 please click here

To View Phase 3 please click here

To View Phase 4 please click here

Go to Delivering Care: Nurse Staffing in NI documents

Contact information

Angela Reed
Senior Professional Officer
Tel: 0300 300 0066
Email: angela.reed@nipec.hscni.net