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Staff Shortages – the biggest challenge facing the health service and the PCN plan.

The NHS long-term plan, published in January this year promises a 3.4% real terms annual increase in the NHS budget up until 2024. As welcome as that may be, in order to meet the rising demand, the staff shortages present a crisis that may well put the success of the plan in doubt. Current scenario The reality is that 1 in 11 posts* in the ...

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5 Ways to Look After Your Staff’s Wellbeing

5 Ways to Look After Your Staff’s Wellbeing

  A healthy and happy workplace makes for a productive and effective team that is likely to stick around. However, with everything that office management entails, looking out for the wellbeing of your staff sometimes falls off the list. It pays to look out for the health of your employees and to encourage good habits.   Here are five ...

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5 strategies for tackling any annual leave rush

Summertime is approaching and it’s likely that your HR team is anticipating a rush of annual leave requests. No good employer begrudges hard working employees a bit of time out, but what happens when half of your team suddenly want to be away at the same time? Fear not! We have proactive strategies for relieving the annual leave burden at ...

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What could the impact of Brexit really look like for the UK health and social care workforce? [Part 2 of 2]

What could the impact of Brexit really look like for the UK health and social care workforce? [Part 2 of 2] The impact of Brexit on the NHS has been a source of much debate since the EU referendum in 2016. As the UK steps ever-closer to its departure date, we’ve taken a look at what the impact of Brexit might really look like for the UK health ...

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What could the impact of Brexit really look like for the UK health and social care workforce? [Part 1 of 2]

What could the impact of Brexit really look like for the UK health and social care workforce? [Part 1 of 2]   The impact of Brexit on the NHS has been a source of much debate since the EU referendum in 2016. As the UK steps ever-closer to its departure date, we’ve taken a look at what the impact of Brexit might really look like for the UK ...

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What is a Primary Care Home?

What Is The NHS Primary Care Home Programme?   What is a Primary Care Home? What are the implications of the PCH Programme for UK patients and healthcare workers? We’ve explored the initiative in this article. NHS England launched the Primary Care Home Programme in October 2015 and there are now over 200 Primary Care Home sites across ...

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The NHS Long Term Plan. What's in it for Primary Care?

This month a groundbreaking GP contract reform deal for the NHS has been revealed, which aims to make a far-reaching impact on healthcare sector staffing, costs and efficiencies whilst, at it’s heart, unburdening the over-worked and dwindling GP workforce to improve patient care. Here’s our take on the 5-year agreement between NHS England and ...

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The Cost Of A Bad Rota In The UK Healthcare Sector

Uncontrolled Costs and inefficiencies   Without a robust process for identifying and quickly filling empty shifts with properly qualified staff, you may be left at the mercy of agencies and locums who will charge a premium. Alternatively, you might be running at a loss due to over-staffed shifts which see team members standing idle.   ...

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Flexible working - is it becoming the norm?

As we wave goodbye to 2018, we’ve been exploring the biggest current trends in the rapidly evolving UK employment landscape. 1. Millennials are heavily influencing UK working practices The Millennial generation is the largest ever to enter the workforce. Currently they comprise around 35% of the UK workforce; global representation is expected ...

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Is SMS still relevant?

Whether you need to speedily secure a qualified replacement for the team member who has just called-in sick, or you want to remind your entire team about next week’s staff meeting - SMS messaging can present an ideal solution.  The average Briton receives almost 34,000 mobile phone messages and alerts annually - 427% more messages than 10 years ...

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How Finance Software Aids Budget Management

  In healthcare, varying levels of pay and working hours can cause a headache when it comes to tracking budgets. Staffing pools are filled with a wide range of shift patterns, often far removed from the 9 to 5 that most other sectors are accustomed to. There’s also a diverse skill set, pay scales with overtime, part-time hours, zero hours ...

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How A Tailored Rota System Helps Private Hospitals

Managing a hospital is a difficult and demanding job.  Managers need to look ahead when it comes to overseeing rota and shift patterns, not to mention dealing with expenses and holiday leave. Technology is increasingly intertwined with crucial administrative processes and is fast becoming a driving force toward better efficiency.  At its core, ...

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