Using Band 4 roles to build a team around the patient

03 / 08 / 2018

This case study looks at the work of Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Chesterfield Royal) in using new models of care to overcome workforce supply challenges.

Despite running proactive campaigns recruit to nursing posts, the trust was unable to make up for the shortfall it was experiencing in the number of registered nurses in its workforce. Using the concept of building a team around the patient, based on identified skills needed to deliver best care, the trust has introduced trainee nursing associates and assistant practitioners who, when qualified will provide capacity for the band 5 staff to work to the top of their licence. 

This case study outlines how Chesterfield Royal engaged its staff to help develop the new team structure, addressed the issues this presented, and has got to a position where other wards are now looking to adopt model.

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