Burnout, mental health struggles and a lack of work-life balance have been given as the main reasons for staff leaving the NHS. Sophie Evans, a former critical care nurse and now a clinical consultant for health communications specialist Ascom, discusses why it has never been more important for the NHS to bring back the joy to nursing, and how technology can play a major role.
Often, when we talk about the benefits of technology within healthcare, we focus on the patient – from how it can be used to improve patient outcomes, its ability to transform how and where care can be accessed, and its potential to deliver near real-time health insights. But very rarely do we discuss the ways in which technology can change how healthcare professionals not only work more efficiently, but also how they feel about their jobs.
Especially since the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of technology has become pivotal for companies across most sectors – not just in creating new ways of working, but also in helping to enrich employee experience. Technology is increasingly being used by companies to attract and retain talent. By improving workflow and efficiencies, it enables workers to focus on the elements of their job for which they are highly skilled and where it can deliver the greatest job satisfaction.
I left the NHS in 2018. I was, and I still am, incredibly proud of the seven years I spent as a nurse.
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