Reference 2016-540

REF:            2016-540

Subject:        Radiology Working

    

 

Request:

I would like to know if there are any monitoring systems within the Radiology department of Royal Bolton wherein the Staff/Radiologists are working beyond their contracted hours/job plan to complete the work.

How many times such events have happened and no of occasions such concerns have been raised, either verbally or written over the last two years.

Are these activities still continuing?

 

Continuation of such activities: Does it amount to breach of contract/ fraud by the department/trust.

Does the department/trust have any policy to prevent such occurrences?

 

 

Response:

I would like to know if there are any monitoring systems within the Radiology department of Royal Bolton wherein the Staff/Radiologists are working beyond their contracted hours/job plan to complete the work. Individuals who work beyond their contracted hours record this as lieu time which they can take back with agreement from their line manager. For medical staff, this is reviewed as part of their job planning sessions annually.
How many times such events have happened and no of occasions such concerns have been raised, either verbally or written over the last two years. There has only been one formal issue raised which is being investigated.
Are these activities still continuing?

 

Is it routine for staff to work additional hours and take back when less busy as we are a reactive service and here for patients.
Continuation of such activities: Does it amount to breach of contract/ fraud by the department/trust. This is routine practice for all NHS organisations and is not breach of contracts that I am aware of.
Does the department/trust have any policy to prevent such occurrences?

 

There is an expectation that we ensure patient safety at all times. If team members are regularly staying beyond their allocated working time, this is escalated via team leads/management so they can be discussed with individuals and plans made to ensure patient safety is not compromised.