A new technology application – or app – has been created that links healthcare providers and nurses directly, eliminating the need for an agency, according to its developers.
The developers of the Shift app claim the idea behind their technology is to “forget the costly middlemen”.
“We want nurses to receive the full wage that the care provider is offering”
Under their system, they said every nurse was paid the “full wage” that the care provider offers, rather than agencies receiving around a 70-80% mark-up on the wage that the nurse receives.
Shift makes its money by then charging a small administration fee to the care provider, after a nurse has completed their shift, which is currently set at 10%.
According to information supplied to Nursing Times, the process involves a nurse signing up to the Shift app and uploading his or her relevant documents in order to start accepting jobs.
Meanwhile, care providers with a rota-gaps will log-in to the app and post shifts directly.
“We want to put the power back into the hands of nurses”
If a nurse meets the relevant requirements, they will receive a notification with the job details. They can then express interest “at the click of a button”.
The care provider then receives information on the nurse and is able to accept instantly. As a result, the job is then described as “matched” and the relevant details are sent to both parties.
The platform was launched privately with a handful of care providers in the South East around a month ago.
It currently has around 30 nurses on the platform and has successfully filled 90% of all rota-gaps posted by care providers during their private launch.
“We are scaling our launch nationally in the coming weeks,” said Shift co-founder Gavin Dhesi.
He told Nursing Times that the firm currently had “two major care providers on board”, both of which he described as being “in the top 10 care providers in the UK”.
New ‘agency’ app connects nurses directly with providers
However, although asked by Nursing Times, he was unwilling to reveal their identity prior to the national launch of the app.
Mr Dhesi added: “Currently, care providers pay one wage to agencies and nurses only receive 50% of that wage. We want nurses to receive the full wage that the care provider is offering.
“This is really changing the industry,” he said. “We’re really excited to launch publicly in the coming weeks. We’re already helping nurses and care providers on a small scale and we can’t wait to expand this nationally.”
Mr Dhesi told Nursing Times that both he and co-founder Calvin Benton, who previously founded a graduate recruitment website, had nurses in their families, which was what led them to create the app.
Mr Benton added: “My aunt is a nurse and it’s awful to see how poorly she is treated by agencies who just want to make money from her, we want to put the power back into the hands of nurses.”