Staffing on wards
The nature of patient needs and ward activity is changing. Inpatients tend to be more acutely unwell than they used to be, many with complex needs often arising from multiple long-term conditions.
At the same time, hospitals face the challenges of a shortage and high turnover of registered nurses. This review presents recent evidence from funded research by the National Institute for Health Research, including studies on the number of staff needed, the support workforce and the organisation of care on the wards.