Improving nurses' work-life balance

Nurses and equipment

A new report highlights ways to improve nurses’ work-life balance by implementing team-based rostering.

The report, Improving nurses’ work-life balance, published by flexible working consultancy, Timewise, provides insights from a team-based rostering pilot carried out with 240 nurses, in seven wards in three hospitals.

The pilot aimed to increase nurses’ ownership over their working patterns and work-life balance.

The report highlights the significant improvements recorded from the pilot schemes, including: 

  • increased nurses’ input into rosters
  • met nurses’ work-life preferences
  • improved the collective responsibility for creating the roster.

Key elements of the approach outlined in the report include empowering the workforce to take responsibility, giving nurses the autonomy and permission to make changes, and liberating talent.

In addition to the report, Timewise has also published a detailed ‘how-to’ guide for trusts and ward managers, including free resources on how to implement this approach.

You can read and download the full report on the timewise website and to request a copy of the ‘how-to’ guide, you can email

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