Although quite ill recently and on a NHS ward I had no problem in “clocking onto” the bed manager. She appeared more animated than all other ward staff and the giveaway was complete as the names of each patient on the wall being each bed was quickly viewed – we seemed not to be there. Low and behold within 20 minutes myself and three other patients had been moved to a short stay ward – we had to queue to get in as we were just dumped at the nursing station.
Below is just part of a typical bed manager’s job description:
Clinical Site Practitioners
Matron/Divisional Manager for Medicine/ Head of Nursing
POST SUMMARY: The post holder will be a qualified nurse and registered with the Nursing and midwifery Council with an up to date PIN number.
The post holder will be a member of the clinical, mobile bed management team responsible for the Trusts bed complement.
The team is responsible for placing the right patients in the right place at the right time, maintaining Government targets relating to trolley waits in the ED, minimising the short notice cancellations of elective admissions and single sex accommodation allocation. They will be proactive in the application of discharge plans for patients.
The post holder will develop good working relationships with staff on the wards and in ED to ensure the effective utilisation of available beds.
The post holder will be offered three weeks training from the Clinical Site practitioners
Bed Management Responsibilities:
The post holder will be responsible for the allocation of all emergency and elective admissions across the Trust, ensuring safe and appropriate patient placement with the supervision of the Clinical Site practitioners / Matron.
The post holder will be required to balance the demand for emergency admissions against an optimal level of elective activity.
The post holder will be responsible for the allocation of all patients on the medical assessment, using the “Trust patient Movement Policy”.
The post holder will be expected to support the Clinical Site Practitioners in the co-ordination of Major and Serious untoward Incidents as required.
The post holder will work closely with the Clinical Site Practitioners to ensure seem-less 24-hour bed management service.
Monitor outlier level and repatriate all outlying patients as soon as possible, taking into account the continuity of care.
Maintain an accurate bed state, including updating Patient Administration system and Patient Tracking.
Ensure the timely and accurate completion of data relating to bed utilisation is available for the daily and weekly sitrep reports.
The post holder will contribute to the overall good of the organisation by being a positive role model and to treat all staff, visitors and service users with courtesy.
It is expected that the post holder will be able to carry out all of the duties listed. The duties will vary from Department to wards and they may carry out other similar duties in support of the ward environment that are not listed.
No duties are to be undertaken by the post holder unless they have received the appropriate training. The post holder will be continually supervised and supported by the Matron and Clinical Site Practitioners.
The post holder will be expected to regularly communicate with the wards, and support junior nurses co-ordinating the admission and transfer of patients.
The post holder will have a ‘hands on’ approach in assessing and evaluating patients care prior to transferring to the appropriate area for the patient’s condition.
The post holder will encourage and promote the use of evidence based clinical nursing practice.
The post holder will continue to develop their cannulation and venepuncture skills in line with Trust guidelines.
The post holder will act as a positive role model.
The post holder will maintain a flexible approach to working hours in order to meet the needs of the service.
The post holder will work closely with the ED Department Shift Leader to the safe and appropriate allocation of all emergency patients allocation.
The post holder will be offered training in all areas listed above.
“I’m sorry that this may seem irrelevent to some.
To me it’s a joke and epitomises the mess our hospitals are in. Seeing is believing”