11th June 2015

Image: Review your workforce rotas!“This type of thorough analysis of spending in the NHS will help put a spotlight on purchasing inefficiencies and national variations and highlight how Trusts can take simple steps to save money to provide improved patient care.  We’re delighted to see that Lord Carter’s assessment of 22 hospitals also rightly hones in on staff organisation as a vital part of any effort to improve efficiency.   

“We’ve long held the view that investment in readily available and robust workforce planning and rostering tools allows health care employers to deliver a reliable, safe and sustainable workforce. It’s important to note that many NHS Trusts are already successfully implementing rostering systems such as Realtime Rostering, DRS (Doctors Rostering System) and the Six Step Methodology to workforce planning and management. It would be a real result to see this report enabling more health care employers to recognise and realise the time and cost efficiencies of using this approach.  

“We look forward to the publication of Lord Carter’s template for an efficient model hospital in the Summer and would call on the subsequent report to maintain its focus on the importance of workforce planning and staff organisation as a key element in the financial future of the NHS.”