Assessing patient dependency and staff skill mix
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Assessing patient dependency and staff skill mix

Sheila Furlong Clinical Nurse Manager, Park Hospital for Children, Oxford
Martin Ward Research Fellow, Royal College of Nursing Institute, Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare NHS Trust

An assessment tool was developed to measure patient dependency and staff skill mix in a child psychiatry inpatient unit. The authors discuss the results of a three-month pilot implementation. The implications for practice include adjustments in staff duty rotas, allocation of skill mix and the systematic assessment of patient dependency before inpatient admission.

Nursing Standard. 11, 25, 33-38. doi: 10.7748/ns1997.03.11.25.33.c2445