RE: [Histonet] Wage and Productivity


Very interesting debate that really identifies differences between
America and the UK; you Americans appear to be interested in
productivity and LEAN management whilst we Brits are more interested in
moving to the 'left' and taking on roles from our clinical colleagues. I
suppose it depends on your perspective and who pays your wage.

A4C has rewarded Brits rather well in the UK and I guess Associate
Practitioners and MLAs will now become more, um...... Cost effective????

Mr Kemlo Rogerson MSc DMS MIBiol CBiol FIBMS
Pathology Services Manager
Weston General Hospital
North Somerset

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Cheryl
Sent: 29 December 2006 15:18
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Wage and Productivity

Hi Tom-
  We staff traveling histologist (up to 50 on the road at a time) and I
travel as a temp.  What the others say about taking samples and
averaging the times of your techs is germaine.  I travel to different
labs (over 40 labs in 25 years and counting) and I can cut anywhere
between 25 and 75 blocks per hour depending on processing, tissue,
protocols, instrumentation and automation.  
  The goal on collecting these averages be an acceptable range of time
to accommodate all tissue types/cutting protocols and tech skills.  The
idea behind averaging is to get a benchmark (metric) on how to manage
workloads, not to push techs to cut more and faster.  That's when you
start to get mistakes and repetitive motion injuries....not to mention
unhappy campers who will start to look for new employment. 
  If you have a chance to go to other labs, often you can learn little
tricks to pick up efficiency without compromising the quality or pushing
past your tech's abilities. Each lab is different--not everything works
in every lab.  It can be fun to try each different idea to see what does
work for your lab.
  Hope this helps!

Cheryl Kerry, HT(ASCP) 
Full Staff Inc. 
Staffing the AP Lab by helping one Tech at a time. 
281.883.7704 c 
281.852.9457 o 

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