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Rotageek's scheduling software secures £6m Series B investment

By Chris McCullough, CEO & Co-Founder on May 11, 2020 at 4:38 PM

Rotageek’s workforce management software attracts £6m new investment

The funding round will be used for further expansion into the global workforce management market valued at over £3bn.

Free trials of its proprietary solutions are being offered to the NHS to assist in supporting medical teams which are facing exceptionally complex scheduling.

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Geek Speak: Managing fatigue in your healthcare team's rotas

By Dan Chamberlain, Head of Data Science on March 31, 2020 at 10:16 AM

Managing fatigue in your healthcare team's rotas.

 
We know that the fatigue of healthcare professionals directly affects the safety and quality of care received by patients [1] and that the reason for fatigue among these people is often the result of rotas that are created to satisfy too much patient demand with too few staff and the resultant output places more shifts or hours onto these workers as the patients must be treated!
 
In the U.K we work with a number of NHS & other healthcare practices and are familiar with the the junior doctor contract and working time directives set our for those professionals and while they do set some hard rules to prevent the worst instances of rota-caused fatigue, we often hear that they do not provide enough guidance to schedule-makers to determine when a combination of different schedule factors can leave doctors overtired and patients at risk.
 
The Australian Medical Association National Code of Practice defines a risk score that can be used to assess every seven days of a rota [2]. The risk score was validated and the factors were found to be associated with excessive sleepiness [3].
 
 
Here at Rotageek we decided to help our healthcare teams plan better schedules by implementing the AMA risk score into our schedule analysis tools. It can be used in real time while making a schedule to warn when a particular doctor passes a threshold risk score or when the group of doctors on shift have an average risk score above some threshold. It can also be used to look across an entire rota period to spot trends in risk score to identify problem spots (see below image).
 
 
As we look to solve some of the issues we hear again and again from healthcare professionals, this is just one example of the features we have built (& are building) to reduce admin and rota planning and allow more time with patients!
 
If you have any questions about how we approach scheduling in healthcare, please don't hesitate to get in touch via hello@rotageek.com! 🚀 
 

References:
[1] West CP, Tan AD, Habermann TM, Sloan JA, Shanafelt TD. Association of Resident Fatigue and Distress With Perceived Medical Errors. JAMA. 2009;302(12):1294–1300. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1389
[3] Gander P, Purnell H, Garden A, Woodward A. Work patterns and fatigue-related risk among junior doctors. Occup Environ Med. 2007;64(11):733–738. doi:10.1136/oem.2006.030916
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Thrive x Rotageek partner to offer free tailored therapeutic webinars

By Gaëlle Zair, Business Development Manager on March 24, 2020 at 12:23 PM

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Geek Speak: COVID-19 x Fairly distribute reduced hours

By Dan Chamberlain, Head of Data Science on March 19, 2020 at 7:21 AM

Fair hours distribution of team hours when demand has significantly dropped.

COVID-19 is causing significant economic disruption and this means customer demand has dropped significantly for our retail and food service customers. Scheduling managers will be looking to reduce the hours that their colleagues work, both to spend less as sales drop and reduce the risk of infection spread amongst their staff. To help them with this, Rotageek provides two pieces of functionality:
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COVID-19 x Algorithms to reduce infection exposure in the workplace

By Dan Mackenzie, Senior Product Manager on March 18, 2020 at 6:45 AM

Using algorithms to reduce infection exposure in the workplace.

Here at Rotageek we use algorithms to create schedules for our customers as part of our Autoscheduler product. We already take into account lots of different considerations about what makes a good schedule, from making sure that employees get enough rest between shifts, to ensuring that key skill sets are available when needed, and generating schedules that seem fair if you were to compare with a similar colleague.
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How can we make fair rotas? 

By Gaëlle Zair, Business Development Manager on November 6, 2019 at 12:21 PM

At Rotageek, we create scheduling technology. Importantly, we’re trying to figure out how to make shift work fairer for employees (which will benefit employers, too!). In this article, I take a deeper look into what schedule fairness truly means. I also speak to Dan Chamberlain, Rotageek’s Head of Data Science, because really, fairness in scheduling is a delicate balance of logic and humanity, held together by data science.

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3 things retail-ops can learn from 2018

By Ged Scheuber, COO & Head of Product on January 14, 2019 at 12:38 PM

2018 brought about many challenges and pressures - but also lots of growth and opportunities for p ositive change. This article covers some of the key learning points that retail-operations can take from 2018 to prosper in 2019. 
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We're Small Business of the Year!

By Chris McCullough, CEO & Co-Founder on December 17, 2018 at 12:45 PM

This week, Rotageek won Small Business of the Year at the British Small Business Awards. And we couldn’t be more chuffed.

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