Delivering Care: Nurse Staffing in Northern Ireland was developed based on the best evidence available including a range of recognised workforce planning tools, and 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 development of the fourth phase of publication of the framework has included a document relevant to nurse staffing levels in Health Visiting teams which are defined as: individual teams led by a Health Visitor supported by other Health Visitors, registered nurses where appropriate and support staff. A Health Visitor is defined as: a community nurse who has undertaken further training to work as part of a primary health care team. The role of a Health Visitor is to promote mental, physical, and social well-being in the community by giving advice and support to families in all age groups.

  • Background, context and strategic drivers for developing staffing approaches for Health Visiting teams
  • Assumptions of the framework
  • A nurse staffing model for Health Visiting teams
  • Factors which influence the determination of a complement of staff appropriate for providing safe effective, person-centred care for care settings in which Health Visiting teams work.

The document will also provide a brief summary of the elements of the Phase 4 approach, how they were agreed and how they might be applied in the context of the changing healthcare settings nurses work in currently.

The products of the Delivering Care Project aim to provide all staff, but particularly nurses, both in front line practice, management and commissioning with a framework which will assist workforce planning processes and support constructive conversations about nurse staffing levels in Trusts.

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Contact Information

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