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Tailoring workforce planning systems for NHS trusts that work

Some of the most fundamental aspects for NHS trusts to run smoothly include ways to save money and improving clinical quality care for patients. As outlined in Lord Carter’s review, there are two important points to consider when looking at this: NHS trust’s resourcing and cost elements are very much part of a dynamic resource ecosystem, determining the organisation’s net operational productivity and performance; and it is essential to increase expertise in the trust-wide Resource Planning concept, for net improvement across trusts.

The National Health Executive, partnered with Premier IT to look beyond the e-rostering and e-job planning systems for people working in the NHS, to see what solutions are available. Systems such as these have been regarded as outdated, and not able to deliver what is necessary for trusts. Configurable platforms such as Zebra systems may be the solution, which are tailored to the needs of the trust and for each department or service.

It can however be tricky to move towards different platforms, and what that means in terms of risks, and the long-term future of how something like this would work.

Systems such as this are designed for interoperability, and multi-disciplinary teams, which will allow the service delivery demands to be met, using rostering or job planning systems that don’t take away from the team element. Something that is crucial to the smooth running of trusts. Zebra systems automatically recognise the profession, grade, employment contract, competencies, and role etc. of each staff member, removing some of the added work for staff.

Technological advancements are of course always welcomed in the NHS, but only if shown to be beneficial to the individual user. Through using technology like this, trust resource ecosystems can be better integrated, moving away from the purely functional use of it. Trusts will also be the sole owner of their data, which is increasingly important in terms of how data is shared.

Moving towards this type of technology is likely to provide better security protection, and defined data points, removing the need for cross verification, which will in turn help improve management for patient care.

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