When there are high patient volumes, an ageing staff, and healthcare workers' growing demands for flexibility, it is hard for a medical practice to survive. While staff shortages pose a serious problem to the healthcare sector, there are ways to manage it and keep the medical practice up and running.

Here are some ideas on how to manage personnel shortages: 

1. Work models and new technologies


When there are staff shortages, the best way to manage this is to make the medical practice a better place. Work processes should be redesigned and new technologies should be introduced. These will help the situation by increasing the practice’s effectiveness, efficiency, and employee satisfaction.

2. New generation of workers


For a medical practice to work better, it is important that it recruits the top talent in the medical world. To help choose better staff, prospective employees can be given a simple questionnaire that will help provide an insight into their behaviour and motivation at the workplace.A good manager should be appointed to make sure that the practice is able to survive on multiple workforce generations.

3. Know what the patients want


If doctors want to know about the quality of service their medical practice provides, they an simply ask their patients. By conversing with them, doctors will be able to know what can be done to make the practice better in their patients’ point of view.

4. Provide opportunities for the staff to hone their skills


A typical setting at a medical practice is similar to an orchestral symphony; all of the individual staff has a part that they should play and in unison, they make the practice run smoothly. It is the reason why medical practices need staffs who are well versed and know their roles to perfection.

With a staff shortage at the practice, there’s no more place for out of tune or out of sync staff. Employees should be able to stay committed to their work and handle pressure well despite any problems that the medical practice is facing.

5. Younger generation workforce


By hiring young clinicians and workers, the practice will be at an advantageous position as young staffs are more flexible in their hours and responsibilities at work. The ones who want a leading change and engage in work as a team are perfect to be hired.

6. Investing in education and training opportunities


One way to manage staff shortages is to offer education and training opportunities to medical students. They can help with the situation at the practice by delivering care to patients and at the same time, they will also be exposed to all types of challenges that happen in the medical world.

7. Telemedicine


This advanced tool is a good way to help the practice manage staff shortages. Patients, who live far away from the practice, can be suggested to sign up for telemedicine. Through videoconferencing technology, patients can consult their doctors without the need to travel far away.

8. Positive work environment


When a practice is busy, it’s not easy for the staff to manage everything without being stressed about it. The staff manager should make room for a flexible scheduling and a positive work environment, so that the working staff will be able to manage without getting stressed. MIMS

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Sources:
www.physicianspractice.com/performance/dealing-staff-conflict
http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/aha-offers-10-tips-how-deal-workforce-shortage