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"How variable are nurse staffing requirements and why does it matter?" -- talk by Christina Saville (Southampton) Event

14:00 - 16:00
7 February 2019
Room 8033, Building 54, School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Southampton, Highfield Campus, SO17 1BJ

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Event details

Tools for determining nurse staffing requirements on hospital wards typically match staffing levels to the average (mean) workload associated with a particular patient group, factor or aspect of care. However the variability and skewness of workload distributions, and thus the suitability of using the mean, has rarely been reported. We simulate alternative ways of using the Safer Nursing Care Tool to set the number of staff to employ: an “average”, “low” and “high” staffing policy. We assess the cost-effectiveness of each alternative by accounting for the costs of both permanent and temporary staff.

Speaker information

Christina Saville,Christina is a Research Fellow within Health Sciences. She recently completed her PhD thesis in the Operational Research group in the School of Mathematics on mathematical modelling of breast diagnostic clinics. Prior to this she worked as an Operational Research Consultant at British Airways.

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