Trusts access new COVID Risk Assessment feature to keep NHS workers safe

Trusts access new COVID Risk Assessment feature to keep NHS workers safe

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase, it’s vital that we ensure NHS team members at greatest risk from the virus can work safely and risks can be monitored accurately. Just this week, NHS Chief People Officer Prerana Issar stressed the importance of ensuring staff are risk assessed and that the results are factored into workforce planning. To this end, our team has created a bespoke feature to enhance COVID risk assessments and provide a tech-enabled Red, Amber, Green (RAG) system for HR teams using Patchwork Health. This new system is helping hospitals to protect their staff and minimise exposure for those at greater risk from COVID-19.

Over the past few months, we have been discussing this increasingly important issue of staff risk assessments with our partner Trusts. Focused on keeping staff members safe, and in line with new NHS guidelines, teams have previously been manually building systems to assess the risk levels of individual staff members. To combat the associated limitations and manual nature of relying on spreadsheets (which also present efficiency and data protection issues), our team has built a new COVID risk assessment feature and embedded it into the Patchwork Health workforce solution.

With strict permission controls in place, the feature is allowing Trusts to securely upload the confidential risk profiles of their bank staff onto the Patchwork bank system. As we now know, certain individuals are at much higher risk of contracting and developing serious complications as a result of COVID-19. Based on the Trusts’ own risk classification of their healthcare workers, the system allows hiring managers to monitor who is booking onto which shifts, and maintain a detailed report of their risk management - without the need for manual updates.

Through this new bespoke system, NHS staffing management and occupational health teams are able to ensure these known risk factors (such as comorbidities, age, or pregnancy) can be monitored and alternative shifts for high-risk staff can be discussed if and when appropriate.

This real-time reporting has the power to protect team members, keeping them safe and well, and allows managers to monitor and report on risk accurately. Crucially, this system is also protecting the sensitive data that is shared by individuals. All information is fully encrypted and only shared directly with certain elected managers.

We are excited about the impact this new COVID risk assessment feature will have for all of our NHS partners. Shifts can be managed intelligently, vital NHS workers will be kept safe, and wards can remain safely staffed by the best placed clinicians.

If you think this feature could help keep your healthcare teams safe in the months ahead, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us at hello@patchwork.health

The Patchwork Team
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The Patchwork Team