QNU letter to EDON: Application of the Business Planning Framework (BPF) Tool for Nursing Workloads Management
Published: 12 September 2012
Re: Application of the Business Planning Framework (BPF) Tool for Nursing Workloads Management
As you are aware Clause 28 Workload Management of the Nurses and Midwives (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (EB8) 2012, and the Queensland Health Nurses and Midwives Award State – 2011 clause 4.10 provides for the BPF as the tool for managing nursing and midwifery resources and workload management.
Queensland Health Nurses and Midwives Award State – 2011 clause 4.10.1 also states: “The parties also recognise that professional judgement is a valid criterion for deeming a definitive level of nurses and midwives as being safe”.
Fundamental to the Business Planning Framework [BPF] is the collaborative development of the service profile with nursing &/or midwifery staff, at the ward or unit level.
Following discussion and negotiation between the management team and the cost centre manager, this service profile development should result in an agreed service profile that reflects the available resources and the service priorities. Once agreed the service profile is subsequently signed off by the senior management and the cost centre manager. (The Business Planning Framework: A Tool for Nursing Workload Management Fourth edition, page 29).
QNU requests that you provide the BPF service profiles for each work area in your service which have been endorsed by the Hospital & Health Service Board and the approved budget for nursing & midwifery, for the 2012-13 financial period.
The QNU would appreciate your earliest advice but a response is requested no later than Friday 28 September 2012.
Please feel free to contact QNU Professional Officer, Kym Barry if you wish to discuss any of the above.
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