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How to choose the right software for your healthcare organisation and get team buy-in

If the pandemic has taught us anything in the healthcare sector it's that ‘online’ systems and processes, including e-rostering, have been instrumental in redeploying staff, reporting absences and managing working hours.  Whenever we’re exhibiting our staff planning software at events, we often hear healthcare professionals say the same thing ...

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How far in advance should you send out your rota?

Some new research out this month (15 April 2021) by the Living Wage Foundation, says that almost 40% of shift workers are given less than a week’s notice of their working hours, with a small percentage getting less than a day’s notice. They also point out that it seems to be more prevalent with low paid workers on variable hours, which presents ...

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Our health, more than just healthcare.

Population health Improving population health has become an urgent priority. It’s not difficult to understand why when you consider that morbidity strikes 10-15 years earlier in some disadvantaged populations (David Buck, King’s Fund). We have got used to people living longer, that we have an ageing population, but in reality, in recent years, ...

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NHSX - Have we seen it all before?

You may be rather sceptical over the recent launch on 1st July of the government’s new digital transformation body. You might think “we’ve seen it all before” or “why will it be any different this time?” but maybe we need to have a bit of faith in what Matthew Gould is setting out to achieve. Isn’t it, after all, about time that the NHS gets their ...

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Compassion and collaboration – changing the culture in the NHS

With many people citing the workforce crisis in the NHS as the biggest threat to the success of the Long Term Plan (LTP), we look at the changes needed not only to workforce strategy but also how leadership and culture need to change if the LTP is to have the desired impact. An unhappy workforce The NHS has been suffering for years, as the ...

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5 Ways to Look After Your Staff’s Wellbeing

  A healthy and happy workplace makes for a productive and effective team that is likely to stick around. However, with everything that office management entails, looking out for the wellbeing of your staff sometimes falls off the list. It pays to look out for the health of your employees and to encourage good habits.   Here are five ...

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The Cost Of A Bad Rota In The UK Healthcare Sector

Uncontrolled Costs and inefficiencies   Without a robust process for identifying and quickly filling empty shifts with properly qualified staff, you may be left at the mercy of agencies and locums who will charge a premium. Alternatively, you might be running at a loss due to over-staffed shifts which see team members standing idle.   ...

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Flexible working - is it becoming the norm?

As we wave goodbye to 2018, we’ve been exploring the biggest current trends in the rapidly evolving UK employment landscape. 1. Millennials are heavily influencing UK working practices The Millennial generation is the largest ever to enter the workforce. Currently they comprise around 35% of the UK workforce; global representation is expected ...

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Is SMS still relevant?

Whether you need to speedily secure a qualified replacement for the team member who has just called-in sick, or you want to remind your entire team about next week’s staff meeting - SMS messaging can present an ideal solution.  The average Briton receives almost 34,000 mobile phone messages and alerts annually - 427% more messages than 10 years ...

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How Finance Software Aids Budget Management

  In healthcare, varying levels of pay and working hours can cause a headache when it comes to tracking budgets. Staffing pools are filled with a wide range of shift patterns, often far removed from the 9 to 5 that most other sectors are accustomed to. There’s also a diverse skill set, pay scales with overtime, part-time hours, zero hours ...

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