NHS pensions are the tip of the iceberg. How can we stop the snowballing staffing crisis?

In recent weeks, the NHS offered extra money to doctors in an attempt to stave off the current pensions crisis. New tax rules mean doctors and consultants are taxed heavily above the £110,000 threshold, including on their pension contributions. This has seen many cut back on overtime to avoid incurring the higher rates: the BMA found […]

NHS’s People Plan: Recognising the importance of work-life balance

Last week, the NHS released an interim People Plan. Following on from the NHS Long Term Plan released in January, the People Plan focuses on the health service’s vision for NHS employees and the immediate action needed to stave off a staffing and culture crisis. There is a huge amount to be encouraged by in this […]

Why GPs leaving medicine is a symptom of an NHS-wide problem

Figures released by the BBC yesterday show the first sustained fall in GP numbers in the UK for 50 years. As our population increases and ages, the numbers of GPs is declining rapidly. The report makes for depressing reading. That our NHS staff are under pressure is not news. Headlines about the strain clinicians are under are […]

NHS Workforce Statistics-why an increased headcount is both good news and cause for concern

This morning, the NHS released its latest workforce statistics. After last month’s quarterly figures revealed a dire state of affairs – with record numbers of clinical staff leaving citing poor work-life balance – teeth were gritted for more sombre statistics. But this month’s analysis (relating to the workforce as of January 2019) show a slight upturn […]

Patchwork win big at the HSJ Partnership Awards

On the 20th March 2019, we were delighted to be awarded the prestigious HSJ Partnership Award in their “Medical Software, Systems and Technology” category. The award was for our work to digitally transform the medical staff bank at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust (ChelWest). We were also chuffed to also receive a Highly Commended […]

NHSX — An integrated approach to innovation across the NHS could unlock massive change

A new approach to healthcare innovation is upon us. With the launch of NHSX, a unit bringing together talent from the NHS, Government and industry, we could be set to usher in a new dawn of unity when it comes to rolling out new technology. Anyone familiar with technology projects in the NHS will know […]

Topol Review Reaction: We must upskill NHS staff ready for the digital future, but we must also modernise what it means to work for the NHS

The long awaited Topol Review was published yesterday. The review, commissioned by the Secretary of State for Health last May, looks at how the NHS must upskill in order to be prepared for a digital future. California based Dr Eric Topol has duly delivered an insightful state of the union, looking at where the NHS must focus […]

Opinion: The NHS must become a flexible employer if it wants to retain its workforce

First published in HTN on the 5th of Februrary, 2019 By Dr Anas Nader, NHS doctor and Founder/CEO of Patchwork We are seeing UK start-ups make huge strides when it comes to how patients are able to see their doctors. Technology-led solutions are increasing in popularity — from video-based consultations to remote tracking of conditions. But whilst the hype is […]

Patchwork (formerly LocumTap) launches DHSC Flexible Staff Bank Pilots

Patchwork is delighted to announce the launch of our pilot for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) Flexible Bank Programmein two our partner organisations — Chelsea & Westminster Trust and London North West University Healthcare Trust. NHS staff at London North West Healthcare NHS Trust and Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust will benefit from a greater freedom […]