The NHS does not have a bottomless pit of money or an endless supply of suitably trained staff. It needs to make best use of the staff it has – whether they are temporary or permanent. That can include deploying them in the most effective manner – for example, through good rostering which considers demands and skill mix to provide the required level of care with the fewest staff. Another way to make use of existing staff is through training and developing them well so they can work more productively and, for healthcare professionals, practice at the top of their license.
This award is open to companies that provide a service to the NHS that demonstrates innovative use of an administrational or organisational product that improves the quality, safety and cost effectiveness of care. Examples of the sort of innovation we are looking for include e-rostering systems, HR package, training and development programme or a payroll system. The judges will be looking for evidence that one or more trusts have adopted the innovation and that it has made a difference to them – for example, reduced costs or improved care.
- Entrants could be any business or entity working with NHS clients to deliver improvements in workforce management
- Judges will be looking for innovations and improvements for either single or multiple clients
- Evidence must relate to services provided within the past 2 years up until the awards entry deadline