Welsh Assembly Government selects Zircadianís Junior Doctorsí Software solution to manage junior doc

From: PR Artistry
Published: Tue Aug 17 2010

The Welsh Assembly Government has recently renewed its investment in Zircadianís Junior Doctorsí Software Solution for a further three years. The solution helps the Assembly and regionís health boards manage the working hours of over 3,000 junior doctorsí posts and ensures doctors comply with the New Deal and European Working Time Directive (EWTD), thereby safeguarding both patients and the doctors themselves.

Zircadianís Junior Doctorsí Software is used across the seven health boards and two trusts in Wales. The Welsh Assembly initially selected the Solution ten years ago following the introduction of the New Deal. This governs junior doctor pay and requires health boards to manage doctorsí working hours, ensuring adequate rest periods during and between shifts, and limits the maximum number of hours worked per week. The solution also covers the Working Time Regulations for doctors in training, health and safety legislation introduced in 2004 which imposes different hours limits and rest requirements on junior doctors. The Welsh Assembly states that, over the last two years alone, more efficient rotas have contributed to savings of over £4m.

According to Ian Owen, at the Welsh Assembly Government; "Part of the Assemblyís role is to ensure that we manage the hours that our junior doctors work across our health boards, to comply with the New Deal and European Working Time Directive and to ensure doctorsí health and safety."
"The rules for compliance for doctorsí hours are very complex, so it is excellent that deploying Zircadianís solutions across the boards enables us to capture and report on the data with a consistent approach. We can produce reports for each region that then feed into one report for the whole of Wales. It has significantly reduced administration, yet still enables us to measure our compliance accurately. The efficiency gains have contributed to significant savings - over the last two years the average cost of junior doctor posts in Wales has dropped from £52,000 to £50,000, representing a figure of over £4m across the boards."

Zircadianís web solution is used by over sixty medical staff and 3,000 junior doctors across Wales. The solution enables the health boards to report on New Deal and EWTD calculations, identify resources and hours available for service and training, and provide a detailed breakdown of potential New Deal and EWTD breaches. The Government uses the data to monitor compliance,submit ministerial returns and compare healthboards across the region.

Cathy Mansell, Project Manager at the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board uses the system to manage rotas for over 300 doctors. "Since using MRM-Live it is much easier to produce rotas that fully comply with EWTD and feed this back to the health boards. Our specialist departments can assess the optimum options and scenarios that work for them, to get the best possible rotas. It gives them the flexibility that manual rotas simply canít, and can help them avoid the additional costs of employing locums."

Masood Ahmed, Director at Zircadian stated, "Each health board is under mounting pressure to deliver services at the front line, manage costs and ensure the health and safety of its patients and employees. The administrative burden of managing complex rotas, while complying with European regulatory standards, can be reduced using rota management and monitoring systems like those supplied by Zircadian."


About The Welsh Assembly Government

The Welsh Assembly Government is the devolved Government for Wales, working to help improve the lives of people in Wales and make the nation a better place in which to live and work. The Government consists of: The First Minister, Welsh Ministers, The Counsel General and Deputy Ministers. They are supported by Civil Servants who work across devolved areas that include key areas of public life such as health, education and the environment.
For more information please visit: www.new.wales.gov.uk

About Zircadian

Since its beginning in 2000 Zircadian has expanded and diversified rapidly to become the leading provider of software and consultancy for all hospital doctors in the NHS. Its solutions are used by 139 NHS organisations.

The company has two suites of workforce solutions. Its junior doctor workforce portal is the secure online gateway to solutions for rota management, e-rostering, e-monitoring, and locum management.
Zircadianís consultant workforce portal provides secure online access to solutions for consultant job planning, leave management, activity rostering, and revalidation.

Zircadianís software is user-friendly and comes supported by a professional, dedicated help-desk team.

For more information please visit: www.zircadian.com

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