Solent NHS Trust has announced an extended partnership with Allocate Software to integrate the Healthroster e-Rostering tool across the organisation. The trust expects to save more than £1m from the deployment. Dave Meehan, chief operating officer, said: As a community organisation, with well over 4,400 staff over a dispersed geography, ensuring we have the right staff with the right skills mix at the point of need has never been more crucial. We are already reaping the benefits of e-Rostering and this is important taken in the context of current government reforms where NHS trusts are under more pressure than ever before to provide the best patient care at the lowest cost." The system will provide managers with quick access to real-time data on sickness and other non-productive staff time; help to reduce reliance on bank staff; provide reporting to allow for easier auditing; and streamline administrative processes such as timesheet submission and approval. Paul Scandrett, director of healthcare at Allocate Software, said: "These are turbulent times for community NHS trusts. With so much consolidation and competition in the marketplace, it's vital trusts put transparency at the top of the agenda. By investing in a workforce optimisation tool, Solent NHS Trust is starting out as it means to carry on; as an efficient and paperless organisation, fit for purpose in the 21st Century and entirely focused on patient care."