Table 1

Staffing levels (full-time equivalents)

MeanMinimumMaximum
137 trusts 2009–2011 (hospital trust level employed staff, full-time equivalents)
Occupied bed per RN1.530.692.81
Occupied bed per HCSW0.670.311.14
Occupied bed per nurse (HCSW+RN)2.201.093.45
Occupied bed per Doctor0.740.351.30
31 trusts 2010 (ward staff)
Medical wards
 Patient per RN7.974.8511.06
 Patient per HCSW8.925.4813.14
 Patient per nurse (HCSW+RN)4.152.685.61
Surgical wards
 Patient per RN7.334.6011.34
 Patient per HCSW9.585.7214.68
 Patient per nurse (HCSW+RN)4.102.595.21
  • HCSW, healthcare support worker; RN, registered nurse.