Locum’s Nest, a DigitalHealth.London Accelerator alumnus, is enabling 30,000 UK clinicians to offer their additional services to the NHS during COVID-19 via their app.
This week, Locum’s Nest have released their COVID-19 Workforce Intelligence Navigator (WIN), allowing NHS organisations to better predict workforce needs in the coming weeks and months, and enabling them to have the appropriate clinical cover already in place when required.
For the first time, Locum’s Nest are triangulating their user data with government released COVID-19 cases across the UK, and publicly available ICU data, to help NHS Trusts and hospitals manage their workforce more effectively by matching demand and supply – a critical need during a pandemic scenario.
This now means any NHS Trust in the UK, will be able to anticipate the number of clinicians they need and when they need them, as the pandemic passes through geography. It will support better planning, better provision of services and, therefore, much better patient care.
Co-founder Nicholas Andreou said: “As we understand it, no-one else is triangulating infection cases, shift vacancies and the supply of doctors; we think this is an intelligent use of data and allows for far better workforce planning.
“It’s clear that the virus emerges after 10-14 days incubation, and most Trusts now have an idea of percentages requiring ICU support; so, understanding the full picture of where you are now allows you to understand your need in 10-14 days time, which could be crucial as we try to save as many lives as possible.
“We could not bring this market leading technology to NHS clinicians without the support of programmes that truly encourage such innovation in the UK’s health sector. The DigitalHealth.London Accelerator and NHS Innovation Accelerator programmes have embraced our digital platform and the work we do with Trusts from very early on. They continue to show us support now, at a crucial time, when business and technology must come together for patient, population and NHS staff benefit.”