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Consultant rota

Log-in to HealthRota here or download the app.

How to I make leave and availability requests?

This can be done on the Healthrota website or in the app.
The website is much easier.

On the website go to "File" -> "Rotas" -> "Critical Care Consultant Rota"
If not already seeing people's names in column go to "View" -> "View Members Grid"
Find your name.
Highlight the dates you want and just type the leave or availability type below.

Annual / study / professional leave
No work / short day only / night only / no night shift / other work / anaesthesia

How does annual and study leave work?

Ideally, leave should be booked before the rota is written. In an annualised rota, you do a set amount of clinical work (DCCs) spread across the year. This clinical work calculation already has all your leave removed. So where no clinical work is rostered, this is your SPA or leave time. When you request annual or study leave in advance, we simply move around your clinical work to ensure your gaps fall in the periods requested.

What if I do lots of non-clinical work in my gaps?

Your job plan should account for your non-clinical work. If not, speak with the DMT. The good part of an annualised rota is the flexibility it gives you in when non-clinical work can be done. The danger is that people voluntarily overwork in the gaps which also make up their leave. This is why some people will choose to "book" leave to better define when it occurs. However, even if you do not book any leave at all, it is still given to you automatically as the DCC calculations already includes leave. It will not be in specific, identifiable, defined periods however.

How do I book leave after the rota is already written?

You can request it through HealthRota. However, if you are rostered for clinical work, you will need to swap this with someone first. This is because all clinical work (DCCs) is calculated with leave already removed. Once a rota is written, you are working the correct amount of clinical work for your job plan. Removing clinical work after the rota is written will mean you have not done your share needed.

Why am I working too few or too many DCCs in this cycle?

It is impossible to ensure everyone does exactly the right amount of clinical work. There will always be individuals with a small amount of DCCs over or under. We try to keep this difference between 5-10% of your total work. This is then rolled over into the next rota cycle. Alternatively, you could request extra shifts or give up shifts to compensate via Healthrota.

What if my job planned DCCs are wrong?

If you think your DCCs are wrong in HealthRota, first check your job plan with the DMT. If your job plan needs to be changed this needs to done formally before changes are made in the rota. If your job plan is right but your DCCs in Healthrota are wrong, email Craig and I and we will get it sorted.

Why am I working so many nights or weekends?

In principle, we should all work be working a proportion of nights or weekends according to our job plan. Those working more or less DCCs work proportionally more or less nights and weekends. However, this is really hard to balance perfectly. To allow everyone's requests and accommodate complex job plans, there will always be some imbalances. In addition, it is really hard currently in Healthrota to keep track of this when designing the rota. I have asked for this to be changed. If you feel strongly that your balance is wrong, please speak with me directly.

What about Christmas?

We run a rolling 4 year Christmas rota. This allows you to plan in advance and distributes shifts transparently and fairly. The shifts from here will be added to HealthRota automatically. On each 4 yearly cycle, we will be in touch about your requests. The next will be in 2022.

Can I self roster or have a fixed rota?

Some people already have a fixed rota or self-roster due to the complexity of their job plans. We hope to expand this ability although moving to a fully self-rostering or fixed system is very unlikely due to continuity issues.

How do I book locums?

All locums will be offered and booked via HealthRota.

Here is a video explaining how:


How do I claim locums?

Due to issues with the introduction of Envoy, you may be in one of two situations.

  • If you are able to submit timesheets or expenses using an Envoy login, you can claim locums this way. The number of DCCs each shift is worth should be displayed on HealthRota by hovering over the shift or clicking on it.
  • If you are not able to submit via Envoy, please speak with Gaynor who can submit them on your behalf.
How do I see the location of locum offers in the app?

There is a bug that stops the location displaying. Healthrota are aware of this and will fix it. For now, looking at locum offers on the website rota grid will show you this.

What if I am sick?

Please record sickness on Healthrota as well an informing the team. In the app, go to Add -> Leave -> ICU sick leave.

Sick leave in an annualised rota gives you DCC credits for each day you are sick. If you have a standard 7.5 ICU DCC job plan, each day is worth 0.9 DCCs. Therefore, if you are sick for a week you will be credited 4.5 DCCs. If you are sick when due to work a nightshift worth 3.5 DCCs for example, you will still be credited your daily amount of 0.9 DCCs. If you are sick when not due to work clinical or on leave, you will still be credited.

Can I swap with people?

Yes. This can be done via HealthRota automatically.

Where do I find help?

There is great help on the HealthRota website here.


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