Four NHS providers in south west London have collaborated to create the first ever trust-led regional bank of nurses, doctors and AHPs. They have selected CloudStaff from Allocate Software to operate the bank and expect the solution to significantly reduce their reliance on expensive agency staff. The bank will be used to fill shifts by developing a wider pool of NHS staff across a region that are willing, skilled and available to work extra shifts.
The South West London Provider Collaborative will be using Allocate Software’s CloudStaff regional bank software to create a bank where nurses, doctors, AHPs and others can gain access to unfilled shifts from across the local health economy.
Recent research has shown that flexibility is a major motivating factor influencing why staff take extra shifts via agencies rather than direct with the NHS. Today staff are often tied to one organisation and if they wish to work across multiple organisations they are left with no option but to work for agencies which means trusts pay more.
CloudStaff will be used to offer greater choice and flexibility to staff. CloudStaff is a ground-breaking platform for interconnecting HealthRoster and HealthMedics systems already used by the four organisations in the cluster. It will hold the intelligence about staff skills, existing working patterns and availability. Staff will be notified and have access to shifts via an app and can define preferences meaning unfilled shifts are offered in a targeted manner, to a wider pool of staff and with more notice.
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the organisations in the South West London Provider Collaborative, Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive said: “We believe the regional bank is good for staff and good for patient care in our region. It will offer staff more choice and flexibility. Patients will benefit from more care being delivered by local staff that choose to work in our region and we will all benefit by spending less on agency fees. I’m pleased we have selected CloudStaff and Allocate as our technology partner to deliver this exciting and important evolution of workforce management.”
Mil Milojevic, Director of Product Management at Allocate Software, said: “We are very pleased to have been selected by South West London cluster. CloudStaff is uniquely placed to help organisations leverage their existing investment in e-Rostering and temporary staffing to create truly live, dynamic shared banks that attract staff and reduce agency reliance.”
Note to Editors
- CloudStaff is a platform that interconnects HealthRoster and HealthMedics enabling the sharing of staff between participating organisations. HealthRoster and HealthMedics is used by 200+ NHS organisations today with tens of thousands of clinical staff using the Allocate app to plan their working lives
- The South West London Provider collaborative is part of the South West London STP and has c17,000 staff
- Allocate Software is a leading international provider of workforce solutions, supporting the operational and administrative needs of healthcare professionals in all healthcare settings enabling the delivery of safe and effective care at optimal cost, by having the right people in the right place at the right time. With over 800 clients spanning the public and private sectors, its primary vertical market is Healthcare. Headquartered in Richmond upon Thames, Allocate Software provides services and support to its increasing international customer base through regional offices in the UK, Sweden, Australia, France, Germany and Spain.
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