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Digital Social Care 22nd March 2019

What is e-Rostering or Electronic Rostering?

By Lorcán Murray

eRostering (also written e-Rostering) is a term, popularised by the NHS, to describe the use of electronic rostering or rota scheduling systems for care. The scope of such an e-Rostering system encompasses management information about shift patterns, annual leave, sickness absence, staff skill mix, appointment/task details and locations of both appointments and each member of staff at any one time.

Holding all this data in one place, rotas can be created more efficiently than ever before. To do this, skills and availability are matched to appointment requirements.  Consequently, electronic rostering improves both efficiency and quality of care.

e-Rostering for Care Providers

e-Rostering is rapidly replacing traditional approaches to rostering throughout social care. As care providers are challenged to achieve higher standards of care with fewer staff and tighter budgets, many look to systems improvements to reach elevated efficiency targets.

Finding the right e-rostering platform for your service can transform your processes. We have helped care providers of all shapes and sizes reduce costs, improve efficiency and focus on outcomes.

How does e-Rostering Improve Efficiency

e-Rostering brings together previously disparate data sources, such as appointment scheduling, tracking, timesheet and invoicing data and removes the need to manually copy this from one system to another and match to individuals in each. Centralising and consolidating data in this way, vastly improves accuracy and processing times.

eRostering systems, such as Nourish, go beyond simple consolidation, to automate data processing and reporting requirements.  Consequently, it’s possible to produce accurate and professional invoices (taking travel time, mileage and exact call time into account) at the touch of a button.

Efficiency improvements like this have enabled organisations to save money, simplify processes and improve the quality of the care they provide. You can read more about how Nourish works with care providers in our case studies.

How Does Electronic Rostering Fit Into CQC Regulations

The CQC recognises the role of digital record systems in providing good quality care. With the new single assessment framework the CQC will increasingly expect a good provider to comply with the Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) or equivalent, as a minimum. This also applies where you use a combination of digital and paper record systems.

Digitisation has the power to improve care when applied appropriately. At Nourish we have years of experience working with providers of all shapes and sizes and supporting them on their digital journey.

Ask Your Questions about e-Rostering Today

If the above points resonate with you and you’d like to find out more about CarePlanner as an eRostering solution for your care agency, feel free to contact us directly here.

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