Meet Melissa Morris, CEO and Founder of NHS Workforce Solution: Lantum

Lantum is a platform that tackles the most painful and expensive problem in healthcare – human resource management.

Currently £4billion is spent on recruitment in the NHS alone and staff are leaving the profession faster than they are entering. In January there were more than 93,000 vacancies and the trend is rising.

Lantum solves this problem and offers a powerful workforce scheduling platform that puts physicians in control of their work patterns for the first time. We also connect organizations to a large pool of flexible workforce to fill vacancies and bring healthcare organizations together with the workforce like never before.

We are a team of 85 determined people working hard to solve these problems worldwide in collaboration with our customers who are healthcare organizations and professions.

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How did you come up with the idea for the company?

I was previously a management consultant at Mckinsey & Co, where we looked at ways to improve healthcare systems. Here I saw first-hand the costs that poor workforce management processes put on the healthcare system.

My brother is also an NHS doctor and I just felt compelled to solve the problem. I left Mckinsey and joined NHS London in 2010. There I deepened my understanding of the problem and realized that the way to solve this problem is through technology, so I founded Lantum in 2012 and started my journey as an entrepreneur.

How has the company performed during the pandemic?

As a team specialized in tech, we were able to adapt our software during Covid to support those who needed it.

For example, we have introduced new features developed jointly with NHS England that allow GP practices to indicate whether they have adequate PPE coverage or whether doctors are likely to be treating infected patients.

We also supported immunization efforts, establishing more than 150 sites nationwide where staff could be deployed to administer immunizations. We added 14,000 new employees to the platform.

Overall, the pandemic resulted in significant demand for Lantum from urgent care providers to hospital departments to telemedicine providers. Many places wanted to improve their scheduling processes because they needed to communicate better with employees remotely. It has certainly forever changed the way healthcare organizations use technology.

What can we expect from Lantum in the future?

Our plan is to expand globally – we have seen the same issues in different countries around the world and we want to help.

We’re also hiring across the board, with plans to grow to 120 employees by summer.

One of our main goals is to save the NHS £1billion, so we will continue to work towards that through our continuous development of cutting-edge technology.

And as always, we aim to evolve our product to further improve the way NHS workers schedule and connect. Meet Melissa Morris, CEO and Founder of NHS Workforce Solution: Lantum

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