Indexr for Locums is a web application built specifically for the hospital market in the U.K. Its aim is to bring together hospital trusts, locum doctors, nurses and non-clinical staff in the NHS system. Essentially, the app will enable clinical and non-clinical staff to be matched automatically with open NHS positions without the overhead of using agencies, therefore saving the NHS time and money by bypassing expensive agencies (a 2016 article in The Guardian explores the high fees the NHS has to pay).
It aims to make bookings quick, efficient and cost effective for both healthcare professionals and the NHS, by connecting trusts to staff directly.
Coming from a intrinsic despise of the Romanian healthcare system (I’m a Romanian citizen), I have been skeptical of the difference such an endeavour can make on the life of patients that walk through hospital doors. But, as with all things, keep an open mind and push the world ever so slightly forward.
Having gotten passed this initial hurdle, the locums market and how the contracts between locums, agencies and hospitals operate posed several problems to successfully becoming the man in the middle. Communication between hospitals and locums needed to be clear and immediate – we were trying to substitute an agency that communicated predominantly via phone calls. The workflow involved the hospital searching for staff, so our search interface as well as the booking process needed to be top notch and make interacting with it easy and intuitive.
I have been brought on board to spearhead the design of the new web application. Designing effective search interfaces was certainly new to me, but in a couple of months and only two iterations, I’ve come up with a design that I think satisfies what the app set out to do initially.
Fry-it has partnered with Happy to launch a similar offering for supply teachers in the U.K. I am looking forward to learning more about the supply teacher market in the coming months.
It will also be interesting to watch as Fry-it aims to launch native applications along with the web versions for both locums and supply teachers.
You can view a preview video of the app here.