Push for roll-out of NHS passporting and e-rostering

Author: Jo Carlowe

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Hospitals are being urged to sign-up to passporting agreements to help staff move more seamlessly between organisations.

Following successful pilot projects, all hospitals in England are being urged to adopt the scheme, designed to cut the need for long inductions and other administrative work.

All clinicians working in hospitals that have these agreements, will be able to move across different NHS sites to offer care to patients before returning to their main trust.

The scheme is part of a package of measures to be set out today by Prerana Issar, the NHS’ chief people officer, at a conference in Manchester, in moves to build a workforce to deliver the Long Term Plan.

Alongside passporting, Ms Issar will confirm £7 million funding is set to be put into local services to support the nationwide introduction of e-rostering, allowing staff to plan patient care rotas months ahead.

Commenting, she said: “This shows we are delivering on our Long Term Plan promises to improve flexible working for staff and ensuring the right clinician is available for patients.

“By making unwieldy paper staff schedules a thing of the past and introducing passporting, we are supporting our world-class staff so they can not only continue to give patients brilliant care, but further build their careers as they do so.”

Supporting the deployment of staff across a number of different NHS sites, through passporting, has already been trialled at five hospitals across London, including South London & The Maudsley.

Staff at these trusts have reported an increase in more flexible working patterns, and improved ability to share experiences and knowledge between services.

Professor Carrie MacEwen, chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges said: "It’s great to see the introduction of passports and e-rostering which will undoubtedly make life easier for NHS staff and help improve the quality of care. There have been many attempts to crack this problem and we very much hope this will finally sort the issue."

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