The aim of the project is to promote the importance of the ward manager role. The project output will include a short film premiere with a follow-up discussion alongside the publication of the ward manager policy report entitled ‘The Importance of Being Supernumerary.’
Helen Whyley, Director RCN Wales: ‘Ward managers have played a pivotal role in the successful implementation of the existing Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016, as they use their professional judgement to determine the right number and right skill mix of nurses and health care workers to successfully operate in unique clinical settings.
The ward manager role is complex, ranging from staff allocation and auditing to teaching, upskilling and assessment of staff, data collection/processing and overall patient flow through the hospital including discharge.
She continued: “The ward manager should have the support and legislation in place to have the power and capacity to be fully supernumerary/supervisory. The RCN report maps out how Welsh Government, NHS Wales and health boards can implement RCN suggested priorities to make this a reality.”
RCN Wales is asking the Welsh Government to call on health boards to provide resources and facilities, whilst promoting the role of the ward manager to the public.