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Solent NHS Trust extends partnership with Allocate Software

Solent NHS Trust, a community provider in the NHS, has extended its partnership with Allocate Software, to integrate the Healthroster e-rostering tool across the organisation.

Solent NHS Trust has expects to save over £1m per annum by rolling out Healthroster across the entire Trust.

Solent NHS Trust has selected to extend the Healthroster solution across the whole organisation. The move follows the success of the original project in Southampton.

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Solent NHS Trust was established as a standalone organisation in April 2011. A year earlier, two NHS community and mental health providers in Southampton and Portsmouth had merged as Solent Healthcare to form Solent NHS Trust.

Solent NHS Trust had selected Allocate Software two years ago, while Portsmouth selected an alternative supplier.

After the extension of services, the Trust said it will now have the visibility it needs to ensure that every staff task is accounted for, standards are adhered to and services are efficiently and intelligently staffed. The trust can also mobilise remote teams to deliver specialist care.

Solent NHS Trust chief operating officer Dave Meehan said as a community organisation, with well over 4,400 staff over a dispersed geography, ensuring the presence of right staff with the right skills mix at the point of need has never been more crucial.

Meehan said, "We are already reaping the benefits of e-rostering. This is important taken in the context of current government reforms where NHS Trusts are under more pressure than ever before to provide the best patient care, at the lowest cost."

Allocate Software director of healthcare Paul Scandrett said, "These are turbulent times for Community NHS Trusts. With so much consolidation and competition in the marketplace, it’s vital that trusts put transparency at the top of the agenda. By investing in a workforce optimisation tool, Solent NHS Trust is starting out as it means to carry on; as an efficient and paper-less organisation, fit for purpose in the 21st century and entirely focused on patient care."
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