Press Release, 19th August 2019 – Two workforce software innovators – Allocate Software and Patchwork – have announced a partnership to provide interoperability between their two solutions. Patchwork’s specialist temporary staffing technology will now integrate with Allocate’s HealthMedics rostering solution, helping healthcare providers staff their wards more effectively whilst reducing agency spend.

The collaboration offers healthcare organisations choice. Combined Patchwork and Allocate customers can access connected workforce management systems for doctors, automate a wide range of recruitment and staffing tasks, remove double-data entry, and safeguard the quality of shift bookings to ensure that safety rules are adhered to at all times. This will enable administrative teams to minimise time spent on repetitive tasks and offer a safer, more efficient experience for clinicians.

This new partnership is part of Allocate’s Connect partner programme, designed to boost the interoperability of workforce systems in the health and care sectors globally. Connect is the first of its kind to bring together technology providers to tackle this issue.

For Patchwork, this collaboration forms part of their mission to offer fit-for-purpose technologies to NHS Trusts, helping them save millions in staffing fees and enabling clinicians to access shifts in a flexible, responsive way.

Nick Wilson, CEO at Allocate Software, comments:

“Our vision is to be a platform of choice for forward-thinking, people-focused organisations. Our technology provides the backbone to enable innovation from like-minded technology companies that share our values, such as Patchwork.  Working in partnership with cutting-edge companies, we will deliver this much-needed interoperability, which is central to our goals at Allocate.

By partnering with Patchwork, we are addressing the appetite of healthcare organisations looking for choice and we look forward to the exciting results we will achieve together. Allocate Connect proactively supports calls for greater interoperability – critical to safeguarding the safety and efficiency of the healthcare sector – by creating an ecosystem of innovative technology partners that celebrate close supportable interfaces as we do.”

Tom Simons, Director of Workforce and People, Chelsea and Westminster, comments:

“I am absolutely thrilled that Allocate is partnering with Patchwork – an exciting and innovative temporary staffing solution that is revolutionising flexible working in the NHS.  The partnership is a huge step forward for Trusts who want interoperable systems and streamlined, safe staffing solutions, and we very much look forward to working with both software providers.”

Anas Nader, CEO at Patchwork comments:

“Our team at Patchwork is on a mission to revolutionise temporary staffing in healthcare.  By connecting NHS organisations directly with a growing pool of healthcare workers, we’re reducing the reliance on locum agencies and helping organisations achieve three key objectives – save money, free up time and improve patient safety.

We’re delighted to announce our partnership with Allocate, the leading rostering solution for healthcare, which will help further streamline processes for our NHS partners and amplify Patchwork’s efforts to transform what it means to truly work flexibly in the NHS.”

 

Further information

About Allocate Software:

Allocate Software is a leading international provider of workforce and resource planning solutions, supporting the operational and administrative needs of healthcare, defence and maritime sectors. 

In the health and care sector, Allocate is enabling the delivery of safe and effective care at optimal cost, by helping organisations to have the right people in the right place at the right time. With over 800 clients and over a million staff rostered daily, Allocate serves the largest public and private sector institutions around the world. Its Optima, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), platform including HealthRoster and HealthMedics, optimises the complex staffing requirements of large health and care organisations. Alongside automating sophisticated scheduling and ensuring accurate pay for staff that have complex pay rules, it is unique in providing additional benefits to improve the safety of staffing given changing patient needs, the management of contingent workforce, and the engagement of staff through the dedicated app. Optima is used to plan the working lives of half million staff across all workforce groups including doctors, nurses, therapists, care staff, operational staff and administrators.

Allocate Software is headquartered in the United Kingdom, with over 500 employees, including over 190 in research, development and product management functions. It provides services and support to its international customer base through regional offices in the UK, Sweden, France, Germany and Australia. 

 

About Patchwork

Patchwork is an award-winning solution built by doctors and HR managers, that connects NHS organisations to a growing pool of healthcare workers, reducing the reliance on locum agencies and improving the experience of flexible bank working.

Patchwork’s mission is to completely revolutionise the way temporary staffing is currently managed; helping NHS organisations save money, free up time and improve patient safety.

Firstly, Patchwork helps NHS organisations save money and gain financial control by connecting staff banks directly to healthcare workers without agencies. Secondly, Patchwork frees-up time and reduces stress by automating complex and repetitive tasks. Thirdly, Patchwork improves patient safety by increasing bank fill rates to ensure safe staffing levels with compliant workers.

Patchwork does this all via its mobile app for bank workers, and a cloud-based software for hospital managers. The solution is entirely tailored and flexible to each Trust’s unique challenges, and is implemented by Patchwork’s team of specialist temporary staffing advisors.

Patchwork is built in partnership with Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. It has been appointed as a Crown Commercial Services supplier for Flexible Resource Pool (RM6158) and is co-owned by the British Medical Journal; reaching over 72,000 doctors every week.

 

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