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The big question: would you welcome a staff clocking-in system on wards?


A new report published by the London School of Economics has said that automated time-keeping systems, which involve nurses using hand scanners each time they arrive for a shift, would help improve safety on the ward.

The co-author of the report, NHS Staffing: Not Just a Number,  Tony Hockley said it is impossible to truly understand staffing pressures and find solutions without accurate information about who was actually on a shift or around at crucial handover times.

 “In a safety-critical environment, where the absence of one member of staff for a matter of minutes can make a significant difference, knowing who is available in real time and having a verifiable record of staffing levels is of great value,” says the report.

Would you welcome the introduction of hand scanners? Do you think it would boost safety?



Readers' comments (2)

  • I personally think it is a very good movement toward the dafety of the patients as well the safety own, which make easy to know who are on shift

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  • T.Hockley said it was impossible to truly understand staffing pressure and find solutions without information about who was actually on a shift.
    Well it is not impossible for me to understand staffing pressure and to find solutions.
    The scanners may indeed be a good thingh for nurses to claim back extra hours worked. Also can be used to blame staff on duty if there is an incident, as there will be some kind of big brother monitoring of staff.
    However, to understand the pressure it would be best to actually be in the envoionment and experience it yourself. The solution would be to put in place a national inteligent device. Information on PATIENTS to put into the device/computer to work out patients' dependancy, and the required number and level of staff to ensure safe, good standard care.

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