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Your data may not be sexy (but it is important).

June 9, 2017

Why workforce compliance metrics are ignored

May 17, 2017

What's missing from your roster policy? THIS!

January 13, 2017

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Getting better at Business Intelligence in the NHS is important - regulatory reporting is already extensive and Trusts needs to be intimate with their workforce data to better control Bank and Agency spend.

So where might this demand for insight come from? Well, a short...

The human challenges in workforce transformation projects

January 13, 2017

Something to think about! 

So you've sweated over your rostering policy, and have delivered (cue trumpets and possibly angelic choirs) a nice, neat Word document. It is clear and concise, and you've even collaborated with other Trusts (and perhaps specialist agencies li...

January 13, 2017

In a recent survey of (ah-hem, not quite) 100 Ward Managers, we compiled the reasons behind variable/over staffing in roster plans. We're considering locations where patient acuity and counts are as yet unknown - here we're looking for a smooth plan conforming to Trust...

January 13, 2017

At first sniff, perhaps not much. Still, I think it’s an excellent allegory for the roster planning process. Which goes like this...

Mary and Paul provide a recipe – a simple set of instructions really. But cunningly put together, and with lots of hidden twists. This is...

January 1, 2017

We have total respect and empathy for Roster and Ward Managers, wherever they may be. Hopefully this little poem will make them smile. So here goes...

My precious staff are dear to me,
I roster them with pride,
But my VDU is tiny, just 15 inches wide. 
So I only see, th...

December 16, 2016

Look forwards into a planned roster and we'd hope to see staffing levels balanced over the days with minimum staffing counts achieved at the prescribed band mix. At this stage, we don't know what our patient acuity/count is going to be. 

As we get closer to th...

September 14, 2016

We’re often asked to work with a Trust to refine or check their rostering policy. We quite enjoy doing this, in fact, we’ve been collecting Trust policy documents for 15 years. These documents are often intimidating and heavyweight, full of dos and do nots. A policy ma...

On our travels, we've noticed Trusts depending on manually created reports – to check for problems or just to dig out key intelligence. Often these are hand-crafted from various sources. In some cases, it’s not possible to get at the data that’s needed at all.

And when...

June 30, 2016

A lovely sunny day last Sunday, and a chance to meet the families of the nurses and managers we work with day to day, supporting Matrons and Ward Managers to produce stronger rosters.

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