Location: United Kingdom
Patchwork has simplified the process of filling open shifts with the right healthcare locums to help with the staffing crisis.
The UK’s healthcare system, the NHS spent £2.4 billion in 2018 on staffing agencies. Staffing issues cause a large financial burden on the healthcare system but also contribute to longer waiting lists for patients.
By creating a platform that easily matches open shifts with healthcare workers, Patchwork is increasing the temporary staffing rate while decreasing the amount of time and money spent on filling those shifts. Patchwork works individually with organisations to tailor their platform so that it works best with their existing workflow.
They can get real-time insights into their workforce levels including detailed information on budgets and targets. Available shifts are simply added to the system, and the hospital can also search through the database of doctors and nurses available. Specific workers can have priority, so organisations can work with the staff they know and trust.
For the medical staff, Patchwork’s app makes it easy to find suitable work and track their shifts, avoiding wasting time with calls or emails to agencies and HR departments. All the relevant documentation can be uploaded and timesheets are managed through the app to ensure prompt payment. The founders are clinicians and had the vision to improve the process of flexible working and staffing in the NHS.