Delivering Care: Nurse Staffing in Northern Ireland was developed to support the strategic vision identified in A Partnership for Care: Northern Ireland Strategy for Nursing and Midwifery 2010 - 2015 (DHSSPS, 2010)

The framework currently informs Health and Social Care Trusts and Commissioners –

  • To promote a shared understanding between professional, management, finance and human resources colleagues of the essential components to set and review nurse staffing establishments and when commissioning new services to provide safe, effective, person centred care
  • To support general and professional managers in presenting clearly the need for investment in nurse staffing, within changing service profiles, particularly in response to incremental service growth
  • As a reference document when developing and agreeing the nurse staffing levels component within investment proposals.         

This framework is based on the best evidence available including a range of recognised workforce planning tools, and has been produced in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders including commissioners and service providers, nurse managers, front-line staff and personal and public involvement, professional and staff side organisations. A core element is the development of a staffing range or model. This approach has been taken in preference to the simple application of an absolute number or ratio, as individual care setting staffing is influenced by a range of factors all of which must be considered.

The outcomes of the first Phase can be found here:                  

Delivering Care – Phase 1, Section 1 

Delivering Care – Phase 1, Section 2 

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Contact Information

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