Table 2.

Current PCU staffing levels.

StaffNTPCUWPCU
Consultants0.5 WTE – 2 individuals0.5 WTE – 2 individuals
Training doctors2.4 WTE – 1 CMT and 1.4 GPST2.4 WTE – 1 FT, 1 CMT and 0.4 GPST
Nursing staff3 early shift; 2 late shift; 2 night shift3 early shift; 2 late shift; 2 night shift
Health care assistants2 early shift; 2 late shift; 2 night shift3 early shift; 2 late shift; 2 night shift
Physiotherapy0.5 WTE0.5 WTE
Occupational therapy0.5 WTE1 WTE
Social work1 WTE0.5 WTE
Domestic staff1/2 morning; 1 afternoon1 on each shift: 7am – 1pm; 9am–3pm; 2pm – 8pm
  • CMT = core medical trainee; FT = foundation trainee; GPST = general practitioner specialist trainee; NTPCU = North Tyneside General Hospital Palliative Care Unit; PCU = palliative care unit; WPCU = Wansbeck General Hospital; WTE = whole time equivalent.