Flexible Working to fix NHS Problems

Peter Thomson's picture

The NHS has been in the news recently for spending excessive amounts on temporary staff. One solution, mentioned by the Chief Executive, SImon Stevens, is "flexible employment". As reported by the BBC, the Royal College of Nursing are calling for "more flexible working hours, pointing out that 90% of nurses are women - many of whom have childcare responsibilities and are unable to work rigid shift patterns."

A great example of Future Work amongst nurses is Buurtzorg in Holland, where teams of neighbourhood nurses are empowered to manage their services to people at home. With virtually no management to get in the way, they are able to provide a much more effective service, improving productivity, reducing costs and creating a highly satisfying working environment. Perhaps the NHS should take note?

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