Healthtech startup offers free recruitment platform to NHS Trusts to help with COVID-19 battle

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by Josh Peachey

In a move to help hospital trusts quickly access the staff they need, healthtech startup Patchwork.Health has announced its COVID-19 staffing solution will be freely available to all NHS Trusts to support their COVID-19 efforts. 

According to President of the RCP Professor Andrew Goddard, up to 25% of doctors are currently unable to work after either showing symptoms of the disease themselves or isolating with an affected family member.

Patchwork.Health’s technology will allow hospitals to advertise urgent shift vacancies to tens of thousands of qualified medical professionals on its network and through their partnership with the BMJ. 

Many Trusts have already embraced the technology. 3,500 COVID-19 related vacancies have gone live each week over the last month and the team has seen a 100% daily increase in clinicians taking up shifts through the app.

Dr Anas Nadar, CEO of Patchwork, says: “Now is the moment at which our collective actions as a nation will define the success or failure of our management of the COVID19 crisis. 

“At Patchwork, we have made the decision to put all commercial interests to the side in order to play a vital role in the COVID19 response, and we are proud to be able to put our COVID19 solution to use in serving the NHS at this time of national need. 

“We urge our fellow players in the healthtech space to follow our lead and offer barrier-free assistance to the government and the NHS at this critical moment.” 

The Patchwork team

The startup aims to save thousands of hours of administrative work and significantly speed up redeployment of health workers to where they are needed most. 

Patchwork.Health’s app-based solution can be set up for use by any NHS Trust in as little as five days, meaning that UK hospitals could begin to see the positive impact of the technology on their staffing rotas by Easter. 

The Patchwork.Health team have also enlisted the support of fellow start-ups Wagestream and Truu ID to further ease the burden on NHS systems. 

Wagestream will enable clinicians using the app to access their wages as soon as they need them, and Truu ID will enable the instant passporting of credentials, helping Trusts around the UK to validate clinicians and onboard them in as little time as two minutes.