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Research project

Nursing shift patterns in acute, community and mental health hospital wards: a feasibility study and survey

Project overview

Funded by NIHR ARC Wessex, the aim of this research is to provide evidence to support decision making about deployment of nursing shift patterns on acute, mental health and community hospital wards in England. To do this we will:

1) Understand how shift work may impact on the experience of work and productivity from the nurses’ perspective, including an assessment of preferences and constraints through a survey

2) Determine the availability and quality of nurse and patient routinely collected data

3) If data are of good quality, measure associations between shift patterns, workforce characteristics and outcomes including nurses’ sickness

Design and methods
This research will consist of three parts:

1) A survey

2) Routinely collected data extraction from Trusts

3) Data analysis

We will work with our partner trusts to access routine data. We will assess feasibility and data quality of such data.


Lead researcher

Dr Chiara Dall'ora

Associate Professor in Health Workforce

Research interests

  • Health workforce organisation
  • Shift work
  • Occupational health - burnout
Other researchers

Professor Peter Griffiths

Chair in Health Services Research

Research interests

  • Health workforce
  • Epidemiology
  • Nursing

Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

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