Covid-19: rethinking staff management within the hospital, a false good idea?

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Personnel management, at the time of COVID-19, appears to be a definite issue. In particular, health is one of the sectors most affected by recruitment, being at the heart of this unprecedented period. Hospital staff, on the front lines since the beginning of the year marked by an influx of patients, are once again in great demand to combat the second wave. Mobilizing is a matter of collective effort, but also of recruitment to relieve caregivers. And with this need for recruitment, the emergence of interim contracts, to strengthen services during the crisis.

Personnel management and acting, new contracts in the health sector

Interim contracts are temporary contracts, aimed at offsetting the rapid growth of an activity. They are also used for replacements, when so-called “holder” employees are absent from their positions. Hospitals and health services are now using this type of contract, given the unprecedented health situation in the country since the beginning of 2020. Today, according to Lamine Gharbi, president of the FHP (Federation of Private Hospitalization), 100,000 vacancies are to be filled. Among them, 34,000 nurses and 24,000 nursing assistants, which shows a significant need for recruitment… But above all an immediate need. According to the President of the Republic during his speech, almost all of the beds in resuscitation could be occupied by mid-November. So they are as many occupied beds as they are patients to be cared for.

To support caregivers, staff management in hospitals is changing.

According to Indeed, more than 22% of nursing job offers in France are to be filled on an acting basis. And although the hospital sector is accustomed to in-house personnel management, the situation requires adapting and adjusting contracts. The idea is first of all to provide reinforcements, especially in the most affected areas. Regions where the virus is most active. Some patients in saturated services go to less overcrowded areas, such as Bordeaux. The metropole hospitals received several patients from the Auvergne Rhône Alpes region, in a serious condition. Similarly, some professionals, such as doctors or nurses, travel to hospitals where need is great. To come together, across the country, through the sharing of skills and solidarity.

The development of solutions and resources to support hospital staff

In the first wave, in early 2020, the management of redesigned staff and the transfer of nurses and caregivers proved successful. So why, in this context, do not continue on this path. Acting contracts support caregivers who work continuously in hospital departments across the country. In this dynamic, companies are launching digital solutions to support the effort, such as Hublo. This personnel management solution allows hospitals, EHPAD and clinics to find competent profiles to work temporarily within an institution. Initially intended for replacements, after the end of the first wave, it was used to replace “front-line” caregivers. However, with the current situation, it can show the needs of all health facilities in countries… and strengthen them.

COVID-19 has a significant impact on the health sector, which is at the fore in this pandemic. France, reconstituted for four weeks until at least 1 December, must review staff management within hospitals. The aim is to be able to cope with the situation… So as not to be overwhelmed by the influx of patients, especially in resuscitation services. A new face is emerging for the future of the health professions, a face of solidarity and mutual aid.


Press release – Troops and Escal Consulting – October 29, 2020

“Interim to the hospital rescue?”

Press release – Federation of Private Hospitalization – 17 September 2020

A first step in making health a driver of recovery” Lamine Gharbi, FHP President

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