Fast-track solution to NHS staff ills

first_img Comments are closed. Fast-track solution to NHS staff illsOn 1 May 2003 in Personnel Today An NHS trust has begun a pilot scheme offering employees fast-tracktreatment in a bid to get them back to work as fast as possible. Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust began the trial among its 3,500 staffin April, and it will run for six months. Under the scheme, employees are offered fast-track A&E and outpatienttreatment and consultations, although the trust stressed that no member of thepublic would have an appointment cancelled and no treatment targets would bejeopardised as a result. Staff will be able to get outpatient consultations within one month ofreferral, and in-patient treatment within three months, or the next availableappointment. “If we can keep our staff healthy, then we can provide more and betterservices to the community,” said Nick Groves, the trust’s director ofworkplace development. The scheme is also expected to reduce costs because managers will be able tocut the number of agency staff they need to cover for absent trust employees. The trust’s OH department would also have an important role to play in beingthe main port of call if staff feel that for whatever reason the process is notworking for them, he said. But the trust scrapped an idea to pass administration of the scheme to theOH department, deciding such a move would be too unwieldy and bureaucratic. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img

first_img Comments are closed. Fast-track solution to NHS staff illsOn 1 May 2003 in Personnel Today An NHS trust has begun a pilot scheme offering employees fast-tracktreatment in a bid to get them back to work as fast as possible. Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust began the trial among its 3,500 staffin April, and it will run for six months. Under the scheme, employees are offered fast-track A&E and outpatienttreatment and consultations, although the trust stressed that no member of thepublic would have an appointment cancelled and no treatment targets would bejeopardised as a result. Staff will be able to get outpatient consultations within one month ofreferral, and in-patient treatment within three months, or the next availableappointment. “If we can keep our staff healthy, then we can provide more and betterservices to the community,” said Nick Groves, the trust’s director ofworkplace development. The scheme is also expected to reduce costs because managers will be able tocut the number of agency staff they need to cover for absent trust employees. The trust’s OH department would also have an important role to play in beingthe main port of call if staff feel that for whatever reason the process is notworking for them, he said. But the trust scrapped an idea to pass administration of the scheme to theOH department, deciding such a move would be too unwieldy and bureaucratic. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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