17th October 2019

Allocate UK has recognised another year of innovation, hard work and positive change in healthcare last night, at its annual awards ceremony.

The awards recognised excellence in workforce management from improved patient care and safety, reduced agency spend, better staff engagement and improved working environments. A total of seven winning and seven ‘highly commended’ awards were given to both UK hospital trusts and healthcare providers.

The 2019 winners are:-

  • Making your organisation a great place to work
    Winner: Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
    The hospital implemented Allocate software on its neuroscience specialist ward to accurately record and display staffing data, which ensured the ward received the additional staff and support it needed to make it a great place to work.
    Highly Commended: Virgin Care
  • Impacting clinical and performance targets
    Winner: The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    The Trust rolled out Allocate SafeCare, to ensure that the right staff are in the right place at the right time, and ultimately enhance patient care.
    Highly Commended: Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Working inclusively across boundaries
    Winner: South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw ICS eRostering Group
    By taking a robust and transparent approach to sharing KPI data and best practice, a regional e-rostering group successfully identified areas where they could increase efficiency, implement shared standards and develop a region-wide sustainable workforce.
    Highly Commended: East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
  • Operational Roster Excellence
    Winner: London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust
    The Trust recognised that a lack of adequate training meant staff were not recognising the full benefits of the HealthRoster software. After improving their processes, the trust has now trained 300 nurses, improved staff’s work-life balance and seen a reduction in agency costs.
    Highly Commended: Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
  • Innovative Workforce models for better patient care
    Winner: East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
    The Trust’s safer staffing team set up the rapid response initiative, a central staffing hub with oversight of the whole trust’s staffing position, using SafeCare.
    Highly Commended: Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Board Assurance
    Winner: HCA Healthcare UK
    HCA Healthcare UK can assess real-time performance against the CQC’s five key lines of enquiry following the implementation of Allocate’s software. Staff are empowered and see themselves as stakeholders who are embedding and implementing change.
    Highly Commended: West London NHS Trust
  • Achieving Cultural Excellence
    Winner: West London NHS Trust
    The Trust has increased the happiness of its staff and created a better culture across the trust through improvements to shift allocation management.
    Highly Commended: Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Commenting on this year’s winners Nick Wilson, CEO, Allocate Software said:

“A huge congratulations to all the winners, the highly commended and those shortlisted, and a very big thank you to all our customers. It is our passion and privilege to help you deliver the best healthcare. Sharing best practice is one of the strengths of the healthcare industry and we are proud to facilitate this through the Allocate community and our awards are a great way of recognising the incredible work that goes on across the sector.”

The awards ceremony took place at Old Trafford Cricket Club, Manchester on 16th October at Allocate’s inaugural two-day People Summit.

The awards programme was run by the NHS Confederation and was judged by an independent panel made up of highly respected healthcare professionals which included: Sir Andrew Cash OBE, chief executive of the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System; Dr Crystal Oldman OBE, chief executive of the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI); Daniel Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers; Dr Stefan Cantore, University of Sheffield Management School; Dr David Foster OBE, chairman of the Foundation of Nursing Studies and Trustee of the Queens Nursing Institute; Saffron Cordery, deputy chief executive of NHS Providers; Sheena Cumiskey, chief executive at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.


Click here to visit the Allocate Awards 2019 page

Notes to editors

About Allocate Software
Allocate Software is a leading international provider of workforce and resource planning solutions, supporting the operational and administrative needs of healthcare, defence and maritime sectors.

In the health and care sector, Allocate is enabling the delivery of safe and effective care at optimal cost, by helping organisations to have the right people in the right place at the right time. With over 800 clients and over a million staff rostered daily, Allocate serves the largest public and private sector institutions around the world. Its Optima, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), platform including HealthRoster and HealthMedics, optimises the complex staffing requirements of large health and care organisations. Alongside automating sophisticated scheduling and ensuring accurate pay for staff that have complex pay rules, it is unique in providing additional benefits to improve the safety of staffing given changing patient needs, the management of contingent workforce, and the engagement of staff through the dedicated app. Optima is used to plan the working lives of half million staff across all workforce groups including doctors, nurses, therapists, care staff, operational staff and administrators.

Allocate Software is headquartered in the United Kingdom, with 500 employees, including over 190 in research, development and product management functions. It provides services and support to its international customer base through regional offices in the UK, Sweden, France, Germany and Australia.

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