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That flexible working can improve employee satisfaction, wellbeing and – in turn – staff retention is increasingly acknowledged. This sort of flexibility has not traditionally been something the NHS has been well equipped to offer. But with the workforce challenge now pressing, not least due to staff experiencing burnout following years of extreme demands, there is a strong argument now is the time to seriously consider how to make it work. For employers, the benefits of increasing retention and reducing vacancies are clear – greater efficiency, and improved value for money.

At this HSJ  webinar, supported by Patchwork, a small panel of experts did just that. The panel considered what does flexible working look like in a work setting where demand is constant? How can clinicians be given flexibility as well as non-clinical colleagues? What systems need to be in place to support flexibility? How can the temporary workforce be supported and expanded? And what would the benefits be to getting it right?

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Jennie Dwerryhouse, deputy chief people officer, Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust

Jennie Dwerryhouse is deputy chief people officer at Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust. As a senior leader, Jennie has worked flexibly in her role for a number of years, across different organisations.  

Jennie has worked in the NHS for 16 years as a people professional across a number of portfolios including employment services, medical revalidation and lead employer for doctors in training.

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Kate Jarman, co-founder, Flex NHS and director of communications and corporate affairs, Milton Keynes University Hospital Foundation Trust

Kate co-founded Flex NHS to make flexible working more accessible to all staff working in the NHS, teaming up with social media influencers and grass-roots campaigners. It champions flex for all and promotes a better work/life balance as a vital part of recruitment and retention.

Kate has worked in the NHS for more than 15 years. She previously worked in the criminal justice system, leading communications and media responses for major police investigations and criminal trials.

Dr Anas Nader

Anas Nader, chief executive and co-founder, Patchwork Health

Anas Nader is an NHS doctor and the chief executive and co-founder of tech-enabled end-to-end workforce management solution Patchwork Health. Working with more than 100 NHS sites, Patchwork seeks to transform how healthcare organisations plan and deploy their workforce, reducing agency fees and empowering clinicians to work in a more flexible and sustainable way.

He is a former Darzi fellow and former clinical innovation fellow at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital FT, where he managed a portfolio of service innovations and quality improvement projects.

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Claire Read, contributor, HSJ (webinar chair)

Claire Read is a professional writer and editor who has specialised in healthcare throughout her 20-year career. She has been a regular contributor to HSJ  since 2012 and has a particular interest in healthcare digitisation and technology.