Hollygate Lodge Care Home save 15 hours per week with Locate a Locum


Hollygate Lodge is a Private Care Home based in Carryduff, just outside Belfast. It has over 49 care staff and up to 38 residents.


    Hollygate Lodge had problems with managing the scheduling of their staff. They had three separate rotas running simultaneously which was extremely administration heavy for the home manager.

    As well as rota challenges, Hollygate used multiple spreadsheets to manage staff leave. They were keen to update leave management to improve communication with staff and give greater transparency of leave requests.

    The Home Manager also found it time-consuming communicating with her bank staff as they used multiple communication methods, such as Whatsapp. The team wanted to streamline this process and fill vacant shifts with greater ease.


Locate a Locum worked with Hollygate Lodge to provide a solution that solved all pain points:

  • Rota - Easily Create, edit and share live rotas complying with all regulatory requirements
  • Leave - All staff able to request leave via Locate a Locum mobile app and home managers now have oversight of leave requests and balances all in one place
  • Bank - Dedicated recruitment portal to grow bank pool and enables the home manager to effectively communicate with bank staff on one platform


  • Reduction of home managers admin time, of at least 15 hours per week
  • Rotas are now completed 8 weeks in advance
  • Rotas now comply 100% with governance requirements
  • Elimination of paper-based processes and spreadsheet to manage leave
  • 100% Staff Enablement through mobile leave management
  • Reduction of unfulfilled shifts due to better communication with bank pool
  • 100% of management decisions are driven by actionable data

Ellen McVeigh

Care Home Manager


“ New system provides opportunity to reduce time pressure minimise amount of paperwork handwritten documentation allowing precious time to attend to other aspects of the home needs. The support from the team is excellent and swift always someone at hand to provide support guidance. In addition, our direct experience of development team nothing is too difficult to achieve. Adaptations changes and allowances have been made to make our experience with Locate A locum unique and specific to our needs. ”

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