12-hour shift working, is it for everyone? - new study released

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13 / 8 / 2015 2.30pm

A recent study of 12-hour shift working highlights that there has been an increase in the use of the 12-hour shift system in the NHS. 

32 per cent of day shifts and 36 per cent of night shifts reported as being 12 hours or longer. Steven Weeks, policy manager at NHS Employers summarises the data in the study and examines the impact of 12-hour shifts on key areas such as:

  • employee satisfaction
  • quality of patient care
  • impact on patient safety.

Steven Weeks said about the study, "12 hour shifts are an option for organisations and this study is a useful review of some of the issues raised."

The study 12-hour shifts: prevalence, views and impact has been developed by National Nursing Research Unit, Kings College and commissioned by Ruth May, regional chief nurse (midlands and east England) at NHS England. 

Read Steven’s summary in full for further information.  

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