Secondary Care

£7.5 million to support digital shift scheduling across 38 NHS trusts

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced £7.5 million in funding to support digital shift scheduling across 38 NHS trusts.

The investment comes as part of a £26 million national fund to support the delivery of e-rostering systems by the end of 2021.

A study conducted in May 2018 found the use of e-rostering, route planning and geographic matching of clinical resource could save up to 34 minutes per clinician each day.

The tools also support flexibility; clinicians can select shifts digitally, and match their specific skillsets to the right shifts.

Minister of State for Care Helen Whately said: “People are at the heart of the NHS. Our doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers are the greatest asset we have. I’m determined to help NHS trusts get the best out of our talented healthcare workers and give patients the care they deserve.”

“We’re delivering on another commitment in the NHS Long Term Plan to support the use of electronic rosters. E-rostering is a crucial tool to make the most of our dedicated healthcare professionals’ time for looking after patients – something which is needed more than ever during this pandemic.”

Funding allocation by NHS organisation:

NHS organisation Bid type Professional group Region Sector Total award (‘000) Additional trusts involved
Cambridgeshire Community Services e-Rostering and e-Scheduling Implementation Nurses and AHPs East of England Community £74
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Medic Rostering Doctors East of England Acute £290
James Paget University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Norfolk and Waveney Collaborative Bank Multi-professional East of England Acute £520 Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust
James Paget University NHS Foundation Trust Community e-Rostering Project – includes interface with patient information system Multi-professional East of England Community See above
Sutton Health and Care (SHC) and Surrey Downs Health and Care (SDHC)– hosted by Epsom and St Helier Trust E-Allocate – SHC and SDHC (ESHT) Multi-professional London Community £36 SWL, Surrey Heartlands (for Surrey Downs Health and Care)
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Medical e-Rostering Project Doctors London Acute £336
University College London Hospital e-Rostering System Doctors London Acute £203
Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust Medical Rostering Improvement Doctors London Mental health £62 West London NHS Trust
East London NHS Foundation Trust Medics Rostering Doctors London Mental health £190
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust AHP job planning and rostering AHPs London Acute £218
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust e-roster for AHPsand medics AHPs and doctors Midlands Acute £154
The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust Competency-based rostering Doctors Midlands Acute £127
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust e-Rostering Doctors Midlands Acute £386
Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust Rostering and job-planning for community staff Multi-professional Midlands Community £111
Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Community Workforce Deployment System Project Multi-professional Midlands Specialist £237
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust AHP and Pharmacy AHPs and pharmacists Midlands Acute £491
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust e-Rostering System Project – North Cumbria Inpatient Wards and Trust Wide Community Services Multi-professional North East and Yorkshire Mental health £417
Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust Medical Workforce e-Rostering Project Doctors North East and Yorkshire Acute £140
York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Medical e-Rostering Project Doctors North East and Yorkshire Acute £258
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust Integrated Scheduling System Multi-professional North East and Yorkshire Acute £200
The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust Improving Workforce Deployment Project (IWDP) Nurses North West Specialist £280
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust Looking Beyond the Roster Care Needs First – Mersey Care and North West Boroughs Nurses and AHPs North West Community £300 North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust Community Workforce Deployment System Nurses and AHPs North West Acute £618
Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Medical e-Rostering Doctors North West Acute £133
Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust e-Rostering and e-Job Planning for Medical Workforce Doctors North West Specialist £97
Lancashire teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Collaborative AHP Staff Bank AHPs North West Acute £505 Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust, East Lancashire Hospitals Trust, Morcombe Bay Foundation Trust
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust e-Rostering Project for Clinical Professionals AHPs, pharmacists and HCS (non-medical) North West Acute £367
Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust e-rostering Multi-professional North West Mental health £116
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Clinical e-Rostering Doctors South East Acute £118
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust Medical e-Rostering Solution Doctors South East Acute £285
Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Workforce Deployment System Project Doctors South East Acute £220
Total £7,489