Free workforce management app launched for NHS and care homes

Published: 1-May-2020

Sirenum offers its solution free to the NHS and social care organisations to help with COVID-19 staffing issues

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is one of the first beneficiaries of a new, free workforce management solution from cloud-based software provider, Sirenum, which will help NHS trusts and care homes during the coronavirus crisis.

With the NHS in the process of on-boarding 750,000 volunteer responders, in addition to hiring former employees; this expansive workforce needs to be managed efficiently to ensure workload is spread and to reduce the risk of fatigue or burnout.

Coupled with the unprecedented patient demand, and unpredictable staff availability currently facing many NHS trusts, being able to roster teams efficiently and quickly has never been so imperative.

Using Sirenum for COVID-19, NHS and care home managers can manage their workforce and deal with covering unplanned leave, such as staff needing to self isolate.

In addition, the app can predict and alert management of employees who are at risk of fatigue so they can take steps to reduce the intensity of their shifts and balance workloads more efficiently across the entire workforce.

“We felt it was vital to contribute our advanced technology to the public good”, said Benjamin Rubin, chief executive and founder of Sirenum.

“As a global company with clients from South Africa to Norway and from China to California, we can see how the pandemic is impacting everyone.

“While most of our customers are huge corporations that pay hundreds of thousands, or even millions, for our system, we can see the urgency of the situation facing the NHS and have made the decision to put people before profits at this critical time.

“The team and I plan to work around the clock to implement this and alleviate some of the administrative burden so that healthcare staff can concentrate on saving lives.”

Dr Azra Zayad of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust added: “Sirenum has been a powerful tool in not only rostering staff dynamically in real time, but also in tracking individual staff outputs.

“This has allowed us to see how workforce deployment decisions are being made to respond to the coronavirus outbreak in real time.

“This is invaluable when staff resources need to be deployed in an agile way.”

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