NHS problem

With a shortage of healthcare workers and increasing demand, NHS organisations have become reliant on paying expensive recruitment agencies for temporary healthcare workers to fill vacant shifts. This costs the NHS billions. Since 2010, spending has increased from £2.2bn to £3.7bn.

The solution

Patchwork’s fully integrated workforce management solution helps optimise outcomes for organisations, managers, staff and patients alike. Built by a team of dedicated healthcare veterans, and co-created with the NHS, their technology and services have been embraced by over 100 healthcare sites to date. Patchwork offers a range of products, including temporary staff banks, collaborative staff banks, an innovative rostering platform, and an agency manager solution.

Creation of collaborative banks: Patchwork is supporting acute trusts in North West London with a virtual collaborative bank that is unlocking more flexible and sustainable workforce planning in line with ICS demand. Since its launch, 2,951 medics have joined the Collaborative Bank, filling 7,319 shifts and saving £358,752 thanks to a reduction in over reliance on agency staff.