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April 16, 2015

Prescribe mobile working to solve nursing staff shortage, says TotalMobile

It could save the NHS £3.5m a year.

By CBR Staff Writer

TotalMobile has urged the next UK government to prioritise mobile working in order to boost National Health Service (NHS) nursing hours.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has highlighted the shortage of qualified nurses in the country, and said that the present nursing levels cannot cope and with an aging population.

TotalMobile CEO Colin Reid said: "Of course we agree with the RCN and employing new nurses in the short term will have an impact, but there has to be a period of transformation and we need to look to mobile technology to iron out efficiencies in the system.

"You need to take a look at the telescope from the other end, look at the current nursing workforce and their daily practices. There are vast inefficiencies in the working nurse’s standard day, such as excessive paperwork, which takes up time that could be better spent with patients."

According to RCN, mobile technology is capable of saving 1 to 2 hours for nurses every day, which could eventually save £3.5m a year for the healthcare industry.

According to the RCN Community, nursing has been running short of staff, which have been cut by more than 3,300 despite NHS plans to move care from hospital into the community.

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