The Electronic Staff Record took years to build and is the biggest programme of its kind in the world. This supplement looks at how can the NHS maximise the huge potential benefits of system.


NHS England chief executive Sir David Nicholson explains why organisations across the country should embrace the Electronic Staff Record system.


The Electronic Staff Record system offers a wealth of data about 1.4 million NHS staff. Now trusts are being urged to exploit its full potential to ensure they have the right workforce with the skills needed to deliver good care.

System redesign

How new systems are helping both employers and the GMC keep track of junior doctors and monitor their training, as well as saving time for the doctors themselves.

Case studies

How trusts across the country are getting more out of ESR, including better planning of workforce needs, controlling staff costs, ensuring every worker has the right skills and comparing trust performance against their peers. Includes Countess of Chester Hospital Foundation Trust, NHS Wales and Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.


ESR users and stakeholders were asked what they want from the system in the future. Requests included the ability to use mobile technologies, a web service for staff and ways to use the system to drive innovation.


Confed chief executive Mike Farrar considers how ESR might help deliver the Francis agenda, while the DH’s Jamie Rentoul urges trusts to realise the system’s potential.