Update: CLAHRC Wessex research on Workforce

Published Date: 26 Jan 2018

CLAHRC Wessex: safe staffing in acute care hospitals

Researchers in the NIHR CLAHRC Wessex have developed a significant portfolio of workforce research focussing safe staffing in acute care hospitals. Their work includes projects funded by the NIHR HS&DR programme exploring the association between nurse staffing levels, missed vital signs observations and mortality (https://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/programmes/hsdr/1311417/#/), and the costs and consequences of using the NICE endorsed ‘Safer Nursing Care Tool’ to determine ward establishments (https://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/programmes/hsdr/1419421/#/). 

Members of the team have worked with NHS Improvement and NICE reviewing evidence and providing advice on safe staffing resources in acute care, the community and emergency departments. As part of this work they produced a series of Evidence Briefs which were published by the CLAHRC they include:

Other work within the CLAHRC, supported by a PhD studentship, has focussed on the effects of 12-hour nursing shifts on the quality of care and the nursing workforce 

For more see Evidence Briefs in our publications section of the CLAHRC Wessex website.


CLAHRC Wessex: Managing night-time vital signs observations: the conflicting care work of supporting sleep and preventing deterioration.

The team at CLAHRC Wessex has also been working on studying safety and night time observations. It culminated in the presentation of a poster at the RCN International Nursing Research conference, Oxford, UK 2017 and publication in theJournal of Clinical Nursing


CLAHRC Wessex: Supporting the delivery of better care to patients living with frailty

The Data Science and Health Analytics team has been working for Health Education England to help provide better care for frailty. The team aimed to identify the healthcare staff delivering frailty care and to identify the educational resources and training initiatives used by staff to deliver quality care. The evaluation also identified gaps in the training currently pro- vided and made recommendations to improve the provision of frailty education and training for healthcare staff. It looked at initiatives in acute, community and primary care settings. Here’s our initial report