Ward nurses spend an average of just 40 per cent of their time on direct patient care, according to the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

Research carried out by HSJ and sister title Nursing Times show that more than three in four nurses and therapists on hospital wards believe they do not spend enough time on patient care and that care and staff satisfaction suffer as a result.

And more than four in five managers believe that more efficient ward systems and processes will improve patient safety, enhance the patient experience and help reduce length of stay.

The NHSIII’s ‘Releasing time for care: productive ward’ programme can help wards improve their performance by empowering nurses and therapists to make changes to their physical environment and processes to cut out waste and put more time into direct patient care.

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