NHS Managers and Executives
NHS Managers are under enormous pressure to evidence they run a tight ship and are taking all possible measures to bring down operating costs. The real trick is to maintain high levels of patient care, whilst ensuring that any optimisation potential is exploited rigoroursly in the short term. Mr Lansley expects no less.
Now more than ever, NHS Managers need to be in touch with the "numbers". This can be a challenge; wards exhibit a variety of legitimately different behaviours. So where to start ?
Management teams need to make decisions based on facts, not assumptions. One problem has been how to draw quality information into a single, easily understood form. In looking at the most significant costs in running a Trust, workforce costs will top the financial charts. Most Trusts clearly understand that huge efficiencies can be achieved through more effective planning of their workforce. To tackle this many Trusts have introduced e-rostering systems - such as RosterPro from SMART - with the objective of returning multi-million pound savings.
However, the success of an e-rostering solution requires the Trust to actively review, introduce, and ensure the compliance of staff to Trust policies. This is where the difficulties can occur. Especially where policies need to change and where deepseated working arangements are hard to budge. So how do you get a holistic view of the whole Trust to illuminate problem areas and opportunities to save ?
Finds short term opportunities for optimisation within wards
Scans for ward compliance to rostering policy
Estimates the cost of non-compliance where detected
Alerts on key breaches of non-compliance
Consolidates data to provide an holistic view on performance
Keeps managers in touch with telltale ward staffing efficiency metrics
Healthsense presents complex staffing behaviours in a simple way - for instance on a touch plasma screen in the DN or FD's office. And rather than show the same tired tabular information, Healthsense graphically presents just the information you need - no more - using carefully selected telltale metrics.
This means Managers are armed with the right information to take the necessary corrective action, to (ah-hem) 'keep the ship on course'.