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The Safer Nursing Care Tool correlates with professional judgement about the level of staffing required on hospital wards, but does not identify optimal staffing levels.

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Peter Griffiths 1,2,*, Christina Saville 1, Jane E Ball 1,2, Rosemary Chable 3, Andrew Dimech 4, Jeremy Jones 1, Yvonne Jeffrey 5, Natalie Pattison 4,6, Alejandra Recio Saucedo 1, Nicola Sinden 7, Thomas Monks 1,2

1 School of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
2 National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Wessex, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
3 Training, Development & Workforce, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, UK
4 Clinical Services, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
5 Nursing & Patient Services, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Poole, UK
6 School of Health and Social Work, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK
7 Nursing Directorate, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Portsmouth, UK
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