TableĀ 1

Summary of where and by whom decisions were made (semistructured interviews in parentheses)

Emergency departmentMedical assessment unitOlder people's medical wardsCardiologyTotal
Consultant nurse1 (1)0001 (1)
Charge nurse002 (2)02 (2)
Staff Nurse/nurse practitioner3 (2)02 (2)05 (4)
Consultant physician6 (3)2 (2)1 (1)09 (6)
Registrar3 (2)4 (2)22 (1)11 (5)
Junior physician1 (1)01 (1)02 (2)
Total14 (9)6 (4)8 (6)2 (1)30 (20)