Government announcements aim to simplify the process of applying for flexible working and encourage management and staff to collaborate to achieve a working pattern that suits the individual and the department. Data is not currently collected as to work patterns within the perfusion community.
An online survey was shared within the perfusion community, aiming to gain understanding of current working patterns and on call commitment. Reasons for flexible working, and support received from colleagues was also collected. Respondents were invited to include the department they work in; however they could remain anonymous. The survey was open for 3 weeks, before results were analysed.
One hundred and sixty-four respondents completed the survey from 43 departments, one respondent was removed from analysis. Sixty-five respondents (39.9%) are working part time, with a varying amount of hours, shift patterns and oncall commitments. Of the 98 full time respondents, 21 (21.4%) reported they would like to reduce their hours in the future.
Part time workers reported feeling supported (71%) in their choice to work part time. However, most people (58.8%) feel part time workers are disadvantaged for opportunities. Seven departments have a part time worker in a management position.
There are a wide range of reasons for a person wanting to work part time. Some of these include protected characteristics under the human rights act, so flexibility is essential to ensure we do not exclude groups of people from our workforce.
Part time workers feel disadvantaged for work place promotions, which is reflected by the low amount of departments that have managerial positions held by part time workers. Departments with managers working flexible contracts include part time, job sharing and hours working from home.
Kyrie graduated with a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Evolutionary Biology prior to training as a perfusionist at St Georges Hospital. Following accreditation, Kyrie moved to Great Ormond Street Hospital where she enjoyed learning the pathology of congenital abnormalities and became interested in the immunological responses to transplant organs and VADs. Her paediatric experiences allowed the opportunity to join charity trips which she has found enriching.
Kyrie left GOSH to begin medical school at the University of Nottingham, where she is in her final year. After graduation she hopes to work as an academic clinician, maintaining a link to the cardiac field. She has maintained perfusion accreditation through work at Nottingham, Aberdeen and Great Ormond Street Hospitals.