We’ve heard some members are anxious about the possible roster and location changes as clients begin to move from Fred Rose House into community housing, so we wrote to Tanya about these concerns and reminded her that Devonfield needs to provide 28 days' notice for any roster changes that may occur.
Tanya wrote back:
“I can confirm we have been consulting and continuing to consult with staff their availability to fulfil shifts now to be funded at all of our new homes, not just Fred Rose House residents. We have not been able to finalise rosters matched to funding to be received from NDIS due to recruitment of new staff required to fill rosters of homes, changes to support needs of clients at existing homes, including Fred Rose House.
Team Leaders and I are working personally with each staff person as finalise filling support hours across 10 homes changing, not just Fred Rose House, with moves chosen by clients/families as their new homes. We will be keeping in touch with all staff, and fully aware of change of roster requiring 28 days notice. At present we also have staff not changing their roster and instead changing the home that they are working at, which is not a change of roster.”
We also asked whether Devonfield would give staff any allowance or extra data for your phones when you access the new app that Devonfield is planning to release shortly. With the app you’ll be able to check rosters, sign in, sign out, etc on your smart phones, and Tanya said:
"We have been advising staff since 2018 of going to applications on smart phones that are to be used by all staff and having access to important information at all times whilst supporting and employed at Devonfield. I have also confirmed for staff that there are no fees – this is a free App for all staff and all data is on our server, not data having to be processed on staff smart phones. This has been conveyed again numerous times during the past 3 years and therefore no phone allowance is required.
As you would be aware all service providers have as part of terms of employment having smart phone for work or own tablet that will all have free access to the Apps we are using.”
If you have any more questions on your roster/location changes or on using the smart phone app, please contact Tanya in the first instance, but if you believe your questions are being left unanswered, feel free to give us a call.