Welcoming the consultation from Nice that proposes nurses should care for a maximum of eight patients at any one time, NHS England's Chief Nursing Officer said a "sophisticated approach" was needed in hospitals.
– Jane Cummings, NHS England's Chief Nursing Officer
Each ward in each hospital around the country is different in size, number of patients, the type of patients and their needs.
It needs a sophisticated approach, using hard evidence and local professional judgement to determine what staffing is right to provide the best care for patients in every setting.
These Nice guidelines are a fundamental part of this sophisticated approach and I look forward to feedback from the public consultation.