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Research project

Workforce implications and impact on patient and staff experiences of all single room hospital accommodation

Project overview

We explored the impact of moving from traditional Nightingale-style hospital wards to 100% single room patient accommodation in a newly built hospital. Before and after the move, we compared the ways in which care was delivered, staff and patient experiences, levels of patient safety and costs on four wards. We also compared what happened on these wards with similar wards in two other hospitals which did not have all single rooms.

We used several methods to collect information on the impact of single rooms, including interviews with senior managers, doctors and Allied Health Professionals, and interviews with nurses and patients. We also conducted a survey with staff, observed routine, day-to-day practice on the wards, used pedometers to find out how far staff walked and examined routine safety and staffing information.


Lead researcher

Professor Peter Griffiths

Chair in Health Services Research

Research interests

  • Health workforce
  • Epidemiology
  • Nursing
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Research outputs

J. Maben, P. Griffiths, C. Penfold, M. Simon, J.E. Anderson, G. Robert, E. Pizzo, J. Hughes, T. Murrells & J. Barlow, 2015, BMJ Quality and Safety, 1-17
Type: article
Jill Maben, Peter Griffiths, Clarissa Penfold, Michael Simon, Elena Pizzo, Janet Anderson, Glenn Robert, Jane Hughes, Trevor Murrells, Sally Brearley & James Barlow, 2014, Health Services and Delivery Research, 3(3), 1-304
Type: article