How has the summer been for you?

Balancing your work life and home life with the kids can be tricky, especially during the 6 weeks holiday that just seem to go on and on, and on…

But now, with the weather starting to take a turn, cosy jumpers and comforting hot chocolates beckoning, and with the school holidays behind us it may be time to start thinking about making work, work for you, so that next time you can avoid the mix of emotions that the new school year inevitably brings.

Watching your little ones scamper off in their fresh uniform (praying they don’t scuff their brand-new shoes on the first day!) usually brings forth a variety of feelings. Some of you may have felt ‘Mum Guilt’ having the kids spend time with relatives, friends, and taking part in different activities but often the reality is that we must work. This guilt is especially high amongst new mums that are returning to work after maternity leave.

On the other hand, you may have been counting down the days in anticipation of your demanding little angels heading back to school to give you a much needed, and much deserved break!

Regardless of how you’re feeling about the start of the new term, one thing we can all agree on is that juggling childcare whilst working is stressful.

So, it comes as no surprise really, that interest in flexible work is rising as people prioritise work life balance. A new report recently told us that almost half of the 4,000 respondents would rather work longer hours in return for a shorter working week, when The Flexible Working Regulation (2014) came into practice, no-one knew just how popular it would become, especially in the medical and healthcare field which is the 3rd biggest category for flexible jobs in 2018.

Flexible work benefits the employer too, NHS Professionals help Trusts around the country fill shifts to relieve pressure and reduces the use of expensive agencies by up to 58%. Which ultimately saves NHS Trusts millions of pounds each year.

Our flexible working scheme gives healthcare workers the opportunity to work flexibly, in a way that suits their lifestyle, whatever that may be. This means parents could choose to work extra shifts over the busy winter period to allow more time off in the summer.

If you’re curious about flexible working in healthcare, check out one of our case studies; real people, working flexibly to suit their needs.

About the author

NHS Professionals administrator

NHS Professionals manages the temporary staffing needs of around 66 NHS Trusts across England. An integral part of the NHS, it aims to reduce Trusts’ spending on flexible workers without compromising quality, by providing greater transparency of demand and supplying bank staff at the best possible rate. Its bank of more than 40,000 flexible workers comprises general and specialist nurses, doctors, midwives, admin/clerical , allied health professionals, healthcare scientists, support services among other healthcare professionals.

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