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Rotageek WFM software and Locum's Nest staff bank solution integrate

By Chris McCullough, CEO & Co-Founder on May 21, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Rotageek's partnership with bank staff platform hopes to accelerate the digitisation of NHS workforce management

Today, two leading technology companies have announced a new partnership designed to improve staffing across the whole of the NHS.

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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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Free rides for our #NHSheroes during COVID-19

By Chris McCullough, CEO & Co-Founder on April 8, 2020 at 2:58 PM

It’s during difficult times that solidarity becomes even more vital. 

 
From fashion and beauty conglomerates producing masks and hand sanitiser to gym studios running free online classes , small tech companies offering their services at no cost, retired doctors and nurses going to work and individuals helping their older neighbours do their grocery shopping – everyone is trying to help as much as they can.
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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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