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...
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.
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.
Already I'm off to a bad start - this post isn't about robots, I have more than 3, and they're not really laws. Still, if you can forgive the extremely tenuous link, I'd be very pleased to hear from you. What did I miss? What don't you agree with?