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Health Boards and the HSE now need to take the plunge and start deployment, if savings are to be made in time to meet current budgets

Northern Irish and English health authorities see dramatic savings from innovative workforce solutions that also safeguard patient care quality

In a paper published today, SMART, the leading supplier of innovative workforce management solutions to the NHS, explains how savings that have been achieved at high profile health trusts and boards across the UK, could be replicated in Ireland. The case studies quoted show how significant savings can be made, while maintaining and improving quality patient care, by more efficient use of existing resources without incurring job losses. The paper explains how leading London Hospital the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust is on track to save €5million per year by simply reducing reliance on agency workers. This level of saving is similar to those targeted by the HSE in its Service Plan 2012, where it states that costs for temporary, agency and overtime payments should be halved.

Tristan Spencer, Director of Health Division at SMART commented, “The business case for deploying e-rostering and bank management systems is well proven on paper, but some health boards still balk at the potential disruption. However, the experience of many of our customers in the UK, is that implementing these systems often act as a positive catalyst for change.

“As health boards in Ireland, along with those in England, face huge budget cuts, harnessing technology and looking at new ways of working has to be seriously considered. Based on our experience working with many trusts during Workforce Efficiency Assessments, we see average annual savings of €35k per ward or €1200 per employee. However, for many health authorities the savings can be much more.”

At Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, by implementing more efficient rosters and bank management, they have saved 1% of the total nursing budget by reducing ‘head room’ allowance from 24% to 23%. ‘Head room’ contingency is the extra staff needed above established requirements to ensure that there is cover for holidays, sickness and other absences.

At Western Health & Social Care in Northern Ireland, the deployment of e-rostering has acted as an agent for change, allowing the health board to move from the traditional 12 hour ‘long-day’ shifts, to more efficient and more family friendly shorter shift patterns.

Tristan Spencer concludes, “As we have seen at our highly successful roundtable events held at various locations throughout Ireland, there is certainly a willingness to look at workforce management systems. Health Boards and the HSE now need to take the plunge and start deployment, if savings are to be made in time to meet current budgets.”

For a copy of the full length article please contact Andreina West, +44 1491 639500 or email: andreina@pra-ltd.co.uk.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

About SMART

With over 25 years experience, SMART is the leading provider of web-based solutions for workforce management in the NHS. With a strong reputation for innovative solutions, our products are designed to help health service providers of all types including Acute, Ambulance, Social Care, Mental Health and Primary Care Trusts to achieve agility and cost-efficiency from their greatest asset – people.

SMART’s comprehensive portfolio includes:

• e-Rostering
• Time & Attendance
• Bank Management
• Real Time Hospital
• Medical Rostering
• Workforce Efficiency Analysis
• ESR Integration

SMART’s solutions deliver a range of tangible benefits enabling trusts to meet the QIPP agenda by optimising staff so that the right person is in the right place at the right to, ensuring quality patient care is delivered as efficiently as possible. SMART’s free initial consultation service Workforce Efficiency Assessment provides a detailed analysis of shift patterns, rotas and local staffing agreements in order to assess best working practices and provide recommendations, ensuring that every implementation achieves a fast Return on Investment.

SMART works closely with NHS clients to ensure products are developed to meet current and future requirements and provides a full range of support, consultancy and training services to ensure customers make the most of their investment in the technology. SMART regularly engages with industry by running independent NHS focused events and roundtables chaired by high profile NHS speakers.

A significant proportion of the NHS in the UK benefits from SMART’s solutions and services. Customers include Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, Pennine Acute Care NHS Foundation Trust, Great Ormand Street for Children NHS Trust, Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Hywel Dda NHS Trust, Western Health & Social Care Trust and NHS Grampian.

For information relating specifically to the NHS sector, please visit: www.smart-rostering.co.uk

For press enquiries, please contact:

Paski Matarazzo, Marketing Manager,
SMART
Telephone: 01438 822229
Email: paskim@smart-workforce.com

Andreina West,
PR Artistry
Telephone: 01491 639500
Email: Andreina@pra-ltd.co.uk

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