How to encourage healthcare workers to choose bank over agency. PART 1

PART 1: WHY THE AMOUNT OF MONEY ISN’T EVERYTHING  Would you rather be given £100 today or £100 in a month’s time? We humans are complex beings. Whilst we like to see ourselves as autonomous and logical creatures, it turns out that we have some inherent cognitive biases. Take the question above – you’d take […]

Patchwork and Wagestream partner to help NHS workers access wages flexibly

Full press release Health technology company Patchwork, a workforce pioneer which collaborates with hospitals to solve the NHS staffing crisis, has announced a partnership with the income streaming solution Wagestream. This move will allow clinicians booking shifts through the Patchwork app to track and access their earned wages when they need it – without having […]

Patchwork raises £3m to solve the NHS staffing crisis

First published in Business Insider Manchester, UK – A rapidly growing healthtech start-up on a mission to solve the NHS staffing crisis and bring flexible working to thousands of clinicians has secured £3m in a funding round led by Praetura Ventures. The round included additional backing from BMJ, the publisher behind The BMJ,  and some […]

Women in Health Tech Supper Club

Last week I attended our first Women in Health Tech Supper Club event, with my colleague Celine. The focus of the evening was mental health, which included an interesting presentation by Dr Nihara Krause around the strides her apps are making in reaching out to young people in need of mental health support. Along with […]

The new NHS Head of Flexible Working isn’t there because of millennials, it’s a crucial step in tackling the NHS staffing crisis

As we head into our next decade, we are excited to see the effects of the new NHS ‘Head of Flexible Working’ appointment, recently announced as 2019 came to a close. The new role will aim to respond to the rising tide of staff leaving the profession in search of better work-life balance. The new […]

What can the public sector learn from start-up culture?

First published on PublicTechnology.net on the 10th of October, 2019 by Dr Anas Nader, NHS doctor and Founder/CEO of Patchwork. A mini-golf course in the office. Fridges overflowing with free drinks. The incessant need to make every noun a verb. There’s a fair amount that can be ridiculed in start-up land. However, it would be […]

As Brexit looms, the NHS desperately needs staff to stay and that means fixing burnout culture

The NHS is preparing for Brexit by stockpiling medicines – but it needs to retain staff too Stockpiling used to evoke visions of Doomsday preppers or governments on the brink of war. But stockpiling is an idea that now sits squarely in the reality of 2019. Our NHS, where I’ve worked as an A&E doctor for Chelsea […]

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 […]

To truly help the NHS, healthtech companies must collaborate

First published on DigitalHealthAge.com on the 10th of July, 2019 by Dr Anas Nader, NHS doctor and Founder/CEO of Patchwork. In May, NHSX announced plans to stop adding new features to their flagship NHS app. Instead, they hope to open the door to further innovation by allowing companies to ‘plug into’ and use their tech. This sets […]

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 […]