Case Study: Junior Doctor Rostering
Tallaght University Hospital’s (TUH) medical administration team was tasked with creating medical staff call rosters for almost 60 junior doctors. The manual process of generating these rotas was complex and time-consuming requiring at least 200 hours per year. MedModus replaced this process with an automated optimisation tool to produce these rosters in minutes.
There were some complex requirements and restrictions to consider:
Two rosters were required for 38 registrars and 20 interns, four times per year
Four objectives relating to even distribution of time worked, weekends/holidays allocated, call type and maximising call intervals
17 constraints had to be adhered to including not working two weekends consecutively, six-day gaps between call to meet European Working Time Directive (EWTD) regulations, registrars from same specialty not on call on same day or consecutive days as well as specialty/consultant specific restrictions.
TUH now use MedModus’s Roster Optimisation Tool to reduce the process from 1 week to less than 10 minutes.