first_img Comments are closed. Self-rostering system helps NHS trust reduce stressOn 21 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today AnNHS trust has tackled stress in its ranks by introducing a self-rosteringsystem that enables staff to improve their work-life balance.GoodHope Hospital NHS Trust, in the West Midlands, developed an IT-basedself-rostering system to make it easier for nursing staff to work the hours andshifts they want.TrustHR director, Ken Hutchinson, said nurses can enter their preferred shiftpatterns into the computer system, and the hospital then balances this with thestaff that are needed.Hesaid the trust previously had a problem recruiting and retaining specialistnursing staff, but the new system – which has been running for 18 months – hasseen turnover drop from 14 per cent to 9 per cent, and sickness absence fallfrom 6 per cent to 5 per cent. “The new system is working well across fourwards,” said Hutchinson.Developedby technology company HMT, the system takes the burden of rostering away fromward managers and places control in the hands of staff.”Wewanted something new, something that could be used at other trusts,”Hutchinson added.Hesaid getting staff on board wasn’t easy, but the nurses now back the scheme.”Once people realise it benefits them, they accept change,” he said.Thesystem led to the trust winning the Improving Staff Morale Award at theAssociation of Healthcare Human Resource Management awards last month, and thetrust has been named a ‘Beacon of Excellence in Stress Prevention’ by theHealth and Safety Executive (HSE).TheHSE said the self-rostering system was an “excellent example of a primaryintervention… to allow staff to tackle the pressure of having to organisework life and home life”.www.goodhope.org.uk Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more