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Friday 11 January 2019

Allocate partners with Brookson Direct

Allocate logoAllocate Software and Brookson Direct (soon to be rebranded +Us) have announced a partnership to improve the interoperability between their healthcare workforce solutions.

Brookson Direct logoThe deal creates a two-way interface between Allocate’s BankStaff and Brookson’s agency release and worker engagement products. It will allow NHS customers to gain greater visibility of agency-sourced workers in real-time live rosters alongside their substantive workforce. The partnership will mean Allocate’s customers have a choice of how to manage agency-sourced temporary workers engagement.

Although the NHS has cut its use of agency staff significantly in recent years it is still a major area of expenditure. Last year NHS Improvement said the NHS could free up £480m if it shifted from using agency staff to using bank staff—pools of flexible workers already employed by NHS trusts. Last year, spending on bank staff was higher than for agency staff for the first time in several years.

The NHS is reliant on flexible staffing solutions, so providing customers with a choice of how they source and manage temporary workers should be well received. With staffing representing c.70% of NHS expenditure, it is vital that staff are used effectively and productively. This means streamlining back office processes and ensuring staff are fully utilised.

The deal will open up new opportunities for both businesses and aligns well with the Government’s call for increased interoperability of data and systems in the sector, as detailed in the NHS Long Term Plan published earlier this week. 

Posted by Dale Peters at '09:44' - Tagged: nhs   partnership   healthcare  

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