It has been reported that staffing issues are the number one challenge facing nursing homes, according to property consultancy, Knight Frank.
It is little wonder as to why. Between part-time, full-time, night shift and day shift, care homes must provide 24/7 care. Any breaks in this constant result in financial penalties, and of course, a dip in the quality of care residents receive. Therefore, it is essential to not only employ the most qualified, well suited nursing staff full-time, but to have a plan for temporary staff uptake, in the case of shift changes or unexpected gaps in the care home rota.
Finding the right people for the right shift at the right time, however, can be time-consuming. If you don’t have the correct contacts at your disposal, then you may have to go in search of someone new, investing budget in an employment agency, which will then email or phone around their chosen locums on your behalf.
In fact, care homes rely on agency staff three times more than other employers. Unfortunately, while tried and tested, this option is not the most cost effective or beneficial to current staff and residents. Nurses.co.uk reports that labour will cost between a third to double via an agency, and that regular use of agency staff can cause a decrease in team spirit, thus heightening dependency on these floating team members.
Locate a Locum’s Rota Product looks at the problem differently.
The right people
Instead of seeking out temporary staff manually, the platform allows you access to their database of 12,000 locums. The technology goes further still with intuitive filters and real-time availability so that you don’t have to waste any time asking whether someone is free for work.
All locums upload profiles to the platform, making it even easier for you to choose the most qualified, well suited person for filling temporary nursing shifts.
Employers can contact staff directly via the platform, eliminating the need for additional voices in the line of conversation.
Not only that, but having the correct people has led to nursing homes saving £100,000 per year on temporary staff spend.
The right time
As mentioned previously, a care home is a round the clock business. To experience a staff shortage is to face financial penalties from regulators - an unwelcome knock to carefully allocated budgets.
With the Rota Product platform and its ability to match nursing homes with the right people, we have seen a 75% increase of vacant shifts covered. This greatly reduces the risk of penalties and helps to maintain high quality of care at all times.
For more information on how you can fill temporary care home shifts successfully, have a look at our brochure, or contact us via our website.