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Poots addresses Ward Sisters, Charge Nurses & Team Leaders at NIPEC Conference

Health Minister Edwin Poots has today recognised the important role that nurses play across the Health Service.
Wednesday, 9 April 2014

The Minister was addressing a delegation of approximately 100 Ward Sisters, Charge Nurses and District Nursing Sisters/Team Leaders during their annual conference where he highlighted that their profession not only delivers complex care but most importantly is a profession which places the patient at the centre.

The Minister said: “Your job is important, it’s a job that takes time and it’s a job that deserves time, that is why under Delivering Care I have just approved a move towards making the Ward Sister 100% supervisory in order to fulfil ward leadership responsibilities; supervise clinical care; oversee and maintain nursing care standards; teach practice and procedures; be a role model for good professional practice and behaviour; oversee the ward environment and assume high visibility as nurse leader for the ward.”

He went on to say “We face a challenging, but exciting agenda. Quality and standards will be driven up without compromise. I know that our patients are in the best hands possible and I know that your ‘can do attitudes’ will deliver the transformation we all want to see, but most importantly you will ensure that during this period of change there will be no compromising of Safety, Quality or Patient Experience.”

The Minister urged everyone in the room to report concerns appropriately and he reiterated his commitment to investigate concerns and take action where necessary.

Notes to editors:

  1. Delivering Care sets out principles for commissioners and providers of care for planning nursing workforce requirements and it describes a range of nurse staffing which would normally be expected in a specific area. It does not prescribe the nurse staffing numbers that should be on a ward but rather it details the range of factors to be considered alongside Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for safe, effective, person centred care which will influence the nurse to bed ratio in a particular ward. The document is a further step in the modernisation of Health Services within Northern Ireland and it is the first time we will measure the inputs of Nurse Staffing against the outputs of KPI of good quality care and patient experience.
  2. Media enquiries about this press release to DHSSPS Press Office on 028 9052 0567, or out of office hours contact to Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.