Senior nurses to take on staff and budget control

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. HR professionals have welcomed an NHS move giving senior nurses more controlover staffing levels and budgets worth up to £800,000 a year. Health Secretary Alan Milburn announced that he was giving more autonomy tosenior ward sisters who will now have a greater role in managing staff. They will be able to plan rosters and shift patterns and to assess the needfor agency nurses, as well as deciding on the mix of grades and skills neededon each ward. Association of Healthcare Human Resource Management president Tracy Myhillsaid staff involvement was an important part of driving the service forward,but warned that HR must ensure increased responsibility is backed up bytraining. “It’s good that staff are getting the chance to take responsibility asthey’re best placed to decide how to deliver service. We must strike a balanceand ensure that we don’t overburden them. “HR has to ensure that we are giving support and adequate training forthese new roles. “Staff involvement is becoming the big issue on the NHS agenda,”she said. Unison’s head of nursing Karen Jennings also broadly backed the move, butwarned that nurses should not find themselves torn between clinical andadministrative roles because of the increased workload. “This will give ward sisters extra resources at local level where theyare needed. “However, it is an additional responsibility and we are concerned thatmore and more will be expected from a smaller pool of nurses,” she said. Milburn also announced plans to develop more nurses as leaders after figuresshowed that only half of nursing directors were being interviewed for chiefexecutive posts. By Ross Wigham Senior nurses to take on staff and budget controlOn 27 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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