Flexible working in healthcare: Finding the right balance

Friday, April 17, 2020

What is flexible working?

Flexible working is a hot topic of discussion which comes up regularly in all industries, especially healthcare. The idea of avoiding a long commute or being able to drop off and pick up your children from school is a dream for some nurses.

It's a new alternative to the traditional full time 9-5 working days. Flexible working allows employees to work from home, have different start and finish times and change the number of hours you work daily. By changing your working hours to suit your personal life, you can achieve a healthy work-life balance and reduce stress in your work and personal life.

Flexible working doesn’t only benefit employees, it can also benefit employers. Employers are now recognising that providing their staff with flexible shifts can boost employee morale.

Whilst flexible working is still new, the awareness around it has grown and become more accepted. Businesses are starting to understand how giving their employees flexibility can have a drastic impact on the business and the individual.


Why is it important?

Whilst flexibility in healthcare is still new, it's now being encouraged in many private and public healthcare businesses and hospitals.  For employees, there are endless benefits of flexible working, such as:


  • Reduced commuting times
  • More control over working hours
  • Able to have parental leave
  • Attend more family commitments
  • More suitable start and finish times
  • Working from home
  • Varying number of hours worked daily
  • Have the opportunity to take part in job sharing
  • Part time work


As well as the obvious benefits, flexible working can help workers to be more productive in their daily work. When given the opportunity to be flexible in your work pattern, you are less likely to feel stressed and enjoy your day more.


Flexible working in healthcare

Flexible working can make a difference to your role, at Thornbury Community Services we understand our nurses have lives outside of work. We want to offer them a healthy work-life balance to enable them to work to the best of their abilities but also enjoy their time outside of work.

Nurses are always on their feet, caring for patients and helping with their medication and personal requirements. It can be difficult to find a balance, especially when you are having to travel to and from work at busy times, collecting your children from school or attending other commitments outside of work, this is where flexibility can make a difference.


Finding a job with flexible working

We have recently partnered with Mumsnet, the largest UK network for parents. They aim to support parents who want to acquire a flexible work-life balance. Our new partnership is part of our continued commitment to providing all of our nurses with flexible working arrangements. Flexible working is a committed promise we make at Thornbury Community Services.

If you are an experienced adult nurse (RGN), Paediatric nurse (RSCN) or learning disability nurse (RNLD) looking to join a company who offers you the flexibility you need, we can support you.

Register with us today, and a member of our team will be in contact shortly to find you the perfect role.