Guidance on how employers and health boards in Wales should abide by new nurse staffing laws is to be developed for consultation this autumn, with full compliance across adult acute medical and surgical inpatient wards required from April 2018.
The country’s health secretary today ordered the commencement of the new Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016 to put in motion the steps for implementing the regulations.
“This act provides a route map for NHS organisations to determine what is needed” Jean White
The act, which was passed in March, requires Welsh health boards and NHS trusts to maintain staffing levels that are calculated using professional judgement and evidence-based workforce tools, and by taking into account the acuity of patients, and ratios of nurses to patients.
Nursing experts will now help to develop the guidance for this part of the act, which will be consulted on in the autumn.
According to plans laid out today, adult acute medical and surgical inpatient wards will be required to abide by this requirement from April 2018.
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