Efficiency of operations is a challenge for NHS Trusts when managing multiple systems, applications and employees. By streamlining these applications to create a single view of each employee, the NHS can optimise resources and increase productivity.
Breaking down the silos
Data can only be effectively used and controlled if the whole picture is available. Employee management is no exception. Yet still many employee systems are not connected, limiting the ability of IT and HR to efficiently provide staff access to essential IT systems.
With many NHS IT systems still working in silos and not able to automatically communicate, tasks become cumbersome labour-intensive manual work. These often get over-looked or delayed as different teams are responsible for updating different systems.
Creating a single screen approach
Bringing together the multiple systems so they can interact is not a difficult task. BDS Solutionsâ€™ Directory Manager is one such system that can bridge this gap. It provides a single view and management function.
The streamlined view enhances the efficiency of employee management from providing access, to removing employees who have left the NHS, across all systems. Updating an employee record does not then have to be repeated in individual applications, removing or adding them in several applications.
Efficient approach to digitalisation
With Trusts looking to increase the digitalisation of operations to deliver better patient care, the pressure on the support operations will intensify. Employee access needs to be carefully managed to ensure security, but those approved, need to quickly be given appropriate access.
The level of systems and employees will only add more pressure to the IT and HR departments who are responsible for enabling this digital access. Putting in place the systems to cope with the demand is essential for the long-term viability of ensuring security and effective management.
The manual input and lack of visibility across systems are challenging for many IT departments. Synchronising and streamlining the vital NHS systems, such as ESR, Active Directory and NHSmail, is fundamental to building better patient care through an efficient and forward-looking NHS.
BDS Solutions is a leading NHS technology partner with 20 yearsâ€™ experience helping organisations work more effectively together. With infrastructure and access secured, the people directory is orchestrated by Directory Manager, the most widely adopted identity management solution in the NHS.