Hospitals in England are being urged to sign-up to ‘passporting agreements’, which will cut the need for induction days and other admin when staff move between organisations. The agreements would mean that all hospital clinicians are able to move across different NHS sites.
The scheme is part of a package of measures announced by the NHS in moves to build a workforce to deliver the Long-Term Plan.
Health service staff in England will be able to move seamlessly between sites to take on new roles, plug gaps in staffing and improve patients’ care, according to NHS England.
The passporting scheme has already been trialled successfully at five hospitals across London. According to the NHS, staff at these trusts have reported an increase in more flexible working patterns and improved ability to share experiences and knowledge between services.
Furthermore, £7 million funding is going to be put into local services to support the nationwide introduction of e-rostering, allowing staff to plan patient care rotas months ahead.
The Long-Term Plan commits the NHS to improve staff retention rates by 2 per cent by 2025, the equivalent of recruiting an extra 12,400 staff, with NHS staff being deployed using an electronic roster or e-job plan by 2021.