News and Notices

Is Your Work Travel Always Necessary?

Can you guess the number of miles staff travelled last year on work business? Or how many hours staff spent driving? Or how much this cost DCHS? (*answers at the bottom!)

The Trust spends a lot of money on travel each year and as more care is provided closer to home, this will mean even more mileage by our communityteams. We can't easily reduce this, but there are a number of simple ways we can adopt to reduce our spend on non-clinical travel. Less time in the car means greater productivity and a better home/work balance too. We are challenging non-clinical staff to think: Do I need travel? Could I do this in a different, but equally effective way?

These are a number of ways to reduce our spend on travel-here are just a few:

  • Reduce the number of face-to-face meetings you have-if you hold regular weekly meetings look at moving these to fortnightly. If you hold regular monthly meetings, see if you can move these to 6-weekly.
  • Provide faciliatates for people to call in to meetings if they can't attend in person
  • Replace some face-to-face meetings with phone or video conferance/ WebEx. Consider alternating between face-to-face and virtual meetings
  • Make sure you undertake as much of your training through e-learning as possible.
  • If you cover a wide area consider splitting your week up between different sites so you’re not travelling to each site daily.
  • If you are a manager, understand how much you and your team are spending on travel.  You can get reports from ePay, and we can help report specifically on non-clinical travel.

Please Contact Mellissa Deighton or M: 0778646165

  •  Help with a teleconference or WebEx accounts

  •         Help using WebEx
  •         Support to help staff use e-learning
  •          Equipment like webcams, headsets and speakerphones to try out
  •         General advice about reducing travel and working differently