NHS failing to adopt e-rostering and save £71m


The NHS is failing to adopt electronic rostering systems despite it offering around £71m in savings, a report has suggested.

The report by the Policy Analysis Centre and the London School of Economics found that many trusts have only partially adopted electronic rostering systems and this was limited to certain staff groups.

“If the NHS is to rely on increasing productivity to maintain standards, then it is clear that better knowledge over the form, type and uses of the labour force is required,” said the report.

The report found that only certain staff groups have so far been included in many e-rostering systems. A 2012 survey carried out by NHS Employers found that while 90% of trusts had implemented e-rostering, only 17% included staff other than nurses.

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust implemented e-rostering in 2008 and incorporated timekeeping and attendance a year later. On the basis of savings made at that trust, the authors estimated that trusts across England could reduce their overheads by a further £41m. This would be achieved through the elimination of general errors and corrections in payroll systems, adding up to a total of £71.5m in annual savings.

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