Following the publication of Professor Sir Bruce Keogh’s report last December many healthcare organisations have started to consider 7 day working. Although this is a major shift in working practice it mirrors the general shift in many UK industries over the past decade. In areas such as retail 7 day opening is now the norm.
Professor Keogh’s report highlights some of the key reasons for giving 7 day working serious consideration and recommends its adoption by the majority of healthcare providers by 2016.
Providers are now keen to understand what such changes would mean to their staffing levels and asset basis. Although many providers predict growth, they may not need to make large capital investments to allow for this. For example, they may even be able to reduce bed numbers or save money on capital developments such as additional theatres.
To make it easier to understand the consequences of 7 day working and associated service reconfiguration, Checklist’s capacity modelling software Planner now offers the ability to review 5 day and 7 day working scenario’s side by side. This can be for a whole organisation or an individual service. The model also works for commissioning, by modelling the entire health economy.
At the NHS Seven Days a Week conference on 22nd July Professor Keogh said “the provision of services at weekends remains my number one priority.”
For further information on 7 day modelling for capacity, demand and waiting lists email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Anthony Thompson on 0870 241 6494.