How Service Desks Can Help with Resiliency & Capacity Management in Healthcare
Resilience is needed in the NHS now more than ever - at an individual, organisational and systemic level. We all need to work together to prepare for, respond and adapt to, both ongoing change and major, unexpected disruptions. This is not just about surviving, its about minimising crisis's and identifying improvements, both personally and professionally. During 2020, and amid a global pandemic, NHS Trusts underwent an enormous change, much of which should be lauded as a huge achievement, especially given the circumstances.
Stress in the NHS
Burnout” and stress among doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health staff has cost the NHS in England more than 15m lost working days since March 2020, about 50% more than the days lost to Covid infections and self-isolation.
Furthermore, analysis of official figures by the Observer reveals that NHS sickness figures show that between March 2020, the month of the first Covid lockdown, and last September, 15.4m working days have been lost in the NHS because of stress-related absences, compared with 9.8m days lost from staff who were required to self-isolate or were ill with Covid.
We also know that other important factors influence resilience, mental health, and wellbeing. These include feeling valued, being supported, and working as part of a team. Having “brilliant basics” in place e.g., a proper induction, welcome to a new Trust, routes for additional support, as well as a simple “thank you” for a job well done, are all important to support resilience.
We know that when we're better prepared and things are better planned that people feel more confident in their abilities at work. Covid-19 has meant that we all had to react quickly.
Today, the NHS is in a position to assess the transformation that has already taken place and make further improvements. In this way, we can look forward to building a more resilient workforce for the future, for all those who work in the NHS.
Even the most resilient of individuals can be derailed by stress. And there is a danger in portraying NHS staff as courageous angels of resilience. This might be comforting for the rest of the population, but it can be a heavy burden to bear.
Maintaining Organisational Resilience
Of course, achieving resilience isn’t just a challenge for doctors in the health service. Research conducted by Cranfield School of Management revealed that just under one third (29%) of business leaders trust that their organisations have fully embedded resilience practices. This is despite 88% believing that resilience is a priority for their organisations, and indispensable for long-term growth (80%).
It is not surprising that further studies show that NHS Trust leaders are concerned about the resilience and well-being of their staff. But the fact that 99% are either extremely or moderately concerned about the current level of burnout across their workforce, is a cause for both alarm and action.
Benefits of our Resiliency Service Desk
Avoid the additional cost of employing more staff or training up your existing team. Our Overflow Service seamlessly assimilates with your existing help desk team. This way we can help manage critical day time overflow, extended hours, and disaster recovery cover.
Our Service Desk support team are experts in supporting NHS organisations and are expertly trained to replicate your current business processes. We will also work with you to identify any efficient changes, to save time immediately. With this solution you will have access to a dedicated, highly trained team that can increase your service levels by providing your end users and clients with the support they require at this time. The cost reductions can be significant when compared with existing teams.
· Cost-efficient, with less in-house resources required
· Service incidents handled professionally by a team that is fully trained and vetted for the NHS
· Exceptional customer service - 365 days a year
· Professional and experienced customer service by NHS experts
· Take comfort in the knowledge that your customers are getting the help they need at a time to suit them, with our overflow call handling services.