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Self-rostering for student midwives during Covid-19: Four perspectives


Research has demonstrated the positive effects self-rostering can have on employees’ work-life balance by allowing staff to select shifts that fit in with personal commitments. The midwifery team at Oxford Brookes University introduced self-rostering for placement shifts in an attempt to support students and practice colleagues, and enable students to continue practising during the pandemic. The roll-out of the initiative has been successful despite initial challenges. A ward manager appreciated the resulting reduction in her workload and observed students’ increased placement satisfaction. Two students described how they have benefitted from the autonomy and improved work-life balance that self-rostering provides.

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Fleming, Sarah
Hill, Wendy
O’Brien, Sophie

Oxford Brookes departments

Department of Midwifery, Community and Public Health


Year of publication: 2022
Date of RADAR deposit: 2022-05-18

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