Trust’s e-rostering service highlighted as exemplar in new national report

Recently the Trust was featured as an exemplar in an independent workforce optimisation technology report. Realising the paperless revolution: how rostering in the NHS went digital, which reflects on the use of workforce optimisation technology across the world and examines the innovation taking place at NHS trusts, includes two case studies from the Trust.

The first focuses on the Trust’s enhanced nursing care team and the second is about our efforts to empower front-line staff to take ownership of e-rostering. The report highlights that through innovative workforce deployment, the Trust has: “…seen improvements in agency staff spending, staff engagement and enhanced care.”

The report was led by the national Workforce Deployment Expert Group, which included former interim director of nursing, Liz Lees and clinical workforce systems lead, Rupert Clarke. Matron Emily Watts, from the enhanced nursing care team, also supported the report’s production.

Within the report Liz is quoted as saying: “The most impressive thing about the team is that while there has been an increase in demand for enhanced care, it has reduced temporary staff spending and even decreased the cost of enhanced care. This has been done by flexibly deploying the team to meet the needs of the patients throughout the day to provide high-quality safe care to some of our most vulnerable patients.”

The report sets out how the NHS is leading workforce optimisation, what has been achieved already and the challenges and opportunities to fully realise potential that exists to improve patient care, be more efficient and support the retention and attraction of staff.