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 like ours) to create a bulletproof grimoire, a tome to be revered, packed full of lessons learned and tweaked best practices. Congratulations, you’re ready to save the world/NHS – or at least, save your Trust a bi
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 KPIs and policy. What we learned was hardly shocking, but nevertheless presents some nice opportunities to disrupt existing behaviour, via "policy compliance monitoring", (which is the bit we can help with!) ed
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 read and followed by the contestants, to greater or lesser degree, until (tragic “fridgegate” accidents not withstanding) each delivers a subjective interpretation. Paul and Mary may well pop around during the
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, the top 23
The rest I’ll leave aside (and what is this Headroom thingy, anyway?) Left click, right click,
What’s a nurse to do?
With electronic systems that
Do nothing but confuse. I’m planning for 100 sta