Sustainable, safe ICU staffing

Research Project

Sustainable, safe intensive care unit staffing

About this project

The provision of adequate Intensive Care Unit (ICU) staffing is an ongoing concern for hospitals and healthcare policymakers, amplified by the current COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this study is to explore the views of ICU Nurse Unit Managers (NUM) on what constitutes sustainable, safe ICU staffing. The views of ICU Nurse Unit Managers (NUMs) may provide insights into solutions seeking to ensure sustainable, safe ICU staffing. NUMs are routinely involved in the recruitment, performance management, career development and conduct exit interviews of ICU staff, and in the management of adverse events e.g. medication errors, that may result from unsafe staffing.

Research team


  • Michelle Topple
  • Courtney Rowe