Workforce challenges threaten the ability of the health and care system to function. It is estimated the NHS spends £3 billion a year on temporary staffing. Filling vacancies can be a significant drain on NHS organisations’ budgets, as they often use locum staff – either from their own pool of “bank” staff, or from agencies which can cost on average 20% more.
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Locum’s Nest is a temporary staffing management platform combining advanced mobile technology with personal service. The platform provides a native mobile app connecting doctors to locum work in healthcare organisations within preferred hospitals across a chosen geographic area.
After piloting in 2016, Locum’s Nest is now used in 15 NHS trusts and 3 GP federations. In one trust alone, it has achieved a 100% attendance rate, a fill rate of over 90% and has saved (cash-releasing) £3.2 million in 1 year through avoided agency fees.
“Locum’s Nest is a great app to give you back control when it comes to finding locum shifts. With supportive and helpful staff, I would recommend this app to anyone who is thinking of having a year out or just looking for the odd locum shift in addition to their normal rota.”
Dr SM, Senior House Officer
How did the Innovation Exchange help?
As one of the companies on the current Digital Health.London Accelerator cohort, the Innovation Exchange supported Locum’s Nest through advice, in the areas of interoperability, change management, and awareness, and are finalising a case study detailing implementation and impact at North Middlesex Hospital.
Impact & Outcomes
Through a robust and independent AHSN Network case study published 2018 Locum’s Nest can demonstrate:
- 100% attendance rate and fill rate of over 90% has been recorded at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS FT).
- 100 hours/month saved within specialty departments. Assuming a £15/hr rate, typically £30,000/month saving across the trust.
- 40 hours saved /month within payroll department. Assuming a £15/hr rate, £600/month in payroll.
- Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS FT have recorded a yearly cash-releasing saving of £3.2M.