Why did we do this?
Hospitals, just like all other workplaces, rely on staff using numeracy skills. Our cohort told us about some of the ways that numeracy is critical for patient safety, efficiency and productivity. For example, healthcare assistants are responsible for doing spirometry and calculating medication doses.
Many also wanted to improve for their own career progression. For a number of positions applicants are required to pass numeracy tests. The staff we worked with had been put off by this as they felt anxious and underprepared to reach the level required.