Work life balance pilot at OUH

What is the NHSP Work/Life Balance pilot*?


Flexibility of up to 1 hour may be available on start/finish times of weekday NHSP shifts in Surgical Emergency Unit and Neuroscience wards.

You will see which shifts are offering this flexibility, because they will have a shift note attached.


Please regularly check the NHSP shift notes to see which shifts are eligible and follow the instructions within the note. 


*This pilot was originally named “Flexible Shifts trial” so you may have seen previous communications referring to this. However we have now renamed to “NHSP Work/Life Balance pilot” to avoid confusion with the existing Flexible Nursing pool ward.


Terms and Conditions


  • Flexibility will be offered up to 48 hours in advance of the shift start time

  • Only Monday-Friday shifts in selected areas will be eligible

  • Only shifts with the “NEW WORK-LIFE BALANCE OPTION AVAILABLE” note attached are eligible (please check shift notes for this)

  • Flexibility of up to 1 hour adjustment will be offered on shift start/finish times

  • Only shifts in the following areas will be eligible:

  • Location: John Radcliffe, Wards:

  • SEU D Side

  • SEU E Side

  • SEU F Side

  • SEU Triage

  • Location: West Wing, Wards:

  • Blue Ward – Neurosurgery

  • Green Ward – Neurosurgery

  • Red/HC Ward Neurosurgery

  • Neurology Ward


  • This pilot will be running for an initial period of 3 months, and only in the locations/wards listed above. However, this is subject to review, and any changes will be communicated as soon as possible.