Rostering is considered a crucial element to ensure an environment that provides high quality and safe patient care as well as ensuring staff health and wellbeing is monitored through increased visibility of safe working hours. To date there has been very little in the way of documented rostering guidelines, training or education for staff with rostering responsibilities.
Rostering Best Practice takes into consideration factors such as:
These are complex and sometimes confusing documents so the NSW Health Rostering Resource Manual was developed as a practical guide to assist managers with rostering responsibilities; and to inform, guide and educate across all staff groups on best practice approaches to planning, developing and maintaining rosters as well as ensuring staff health and wellbeing is ingrained into rostering practice.
The RBPT also promotes the rostering capability framework as an important resource for further developing and improving rostering capability across NSW Health agencies.
The following overarching rostering principles have been designed to guide the development of appropriate and efficient rosters.