National benchmark shows Stevenage’s Lister Hospital is consistently failing to provide sufficient care hours to patients

PUBLISHED: 08:30 01 February 2018

Archant

The Lister Hospital in Stevenage is consistently failing to provide sufficient care hours to patients, according to a national benchmark.

Care Hours Per Patient Day is calculated by dividing the number of actual nursing hours by the number of patients, giving the average number of nursing hours available to each patient.

Of the seven wards monitored at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital over a 20-day period, only one - Swift, an elective orthopaedic ward - consistently met the required CHPPD, missing it on just two days.

Alarmingly, a risk assessment found that since the introduction of trainee nursing associates - who receive on-the-job training and are supposed to support, not replace, registered nurses - the skill mix on the Acute Medical Unit Ward is inadequate on the days the ward manager is not supervisory. The ward manager will now remain supervisory for five days a week, instead of three.

On 10B - a diabetic ward - the required CHPPD was not met once, due to a high number of unfilled shifts, high sickness levels and higher than expected patient acuity and dependancy for the ward model. An action plan has been put in place.

On three wards - fraility ward Ashwell, rehabilitation stroke ward Barley, and the short stay unit - the required CHPPD was only met on one day.

The Trust said the SSU had a higher than expected number of patients requiring enhanced care for the data collection period, but is looking at new models of care for the stroke unit, and has introduced an additional care support worker for the late and night shift on Ashwell.

On ward 8B - a general surgical and vascular ward - the required CHPPD was only met on two days due to a high level of vacancies and higher than average sickness rates. A ward improvement plan has been put in place.

A Trust spokesman said: “When comparing the Trust’s data with similar NHS Trusts across the country, the picture is positive.

“The Trust’s planned staffing levels benchmark favourably, with the vacancy rate for nursing and midwifery staff dropping. For example, the vacancy rate for band five registered nurses - who make up the majority of our nursing workforce - stood at 11 per cent in November, down from 13.2 per cent the previous month.

“This improvement reflects the work that is going on to both recruit and retain nursing and midwifery staff at a time of national shortage in these key groups of people.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Royston Crow visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Royston Crow staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Royston Crow account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

12:04

A person has died after being hit by a train north of Hitchin railway station.

06:56

An average of two sex offences targeting children and young people are recorded in Hertfordshire every day, according to new police figures.

Yesterday, 16:14

The Royston Schools Academy Trust – which is behind the proposals for a new through school in the town – has announced the appointment of a new headteacher.

Yesterday, 09:54

The second Working for Royston meeting takes place this week – and organisers are urging those who care about the town and want to find out more about ongoing issues to go along.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Royston Crow e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter