All NHS organisations now have access to the National Clinical Staffing Framework Agreement, making it easy for them to source staff for a wide variety of clinical roles.
Finding the right people
Whether it’s doctors, nurses, dentists, Allied Health Professionals or Health Science Services, the framework facilitates the sourcing of both temporary and permanent staff.
There is no charge for the service, which replaces the original national NHS framework for the sourcing of nursing staff and meets NHS compliance requirements.
Every supplier has been independently audited prior to being awarded a place within the framework, to ensure they meet the standards set down in NHS Employers pre-employment checks, meaning organisations can now get quality staff within budget.
NHS trusts can use agencies as direct engagement or employment businesses.
The four hubs which have collaborated on the framework say that as well as being free for the NHS and other relevant organisations in the public sector, it is flexible and easy to access.
Keeping costs down
The London Procurement Partnership (LPP), a membership organisation founded and funded by NHS organisations, says the roles are compliant with NHS improvement pay and charge rate caps, helping teams to control agency staffing costs.
The framework was created with input from NHS Improvement, to ensure compliance with agency pricing cap rules, which were introduced late last year. All prices are compliant with April rate caps and July wage caps.
This service, which helps overcome a major challenge for the whole of the NHS, is provided through four Collaborative Procurement Partnership (‘CPP’) and has been developed in consultation with staff bank managers and HR directors within the NHS.
Increasing use of agency staff means spiralling costs, with around £3.3bn spent each year.
The framework has been developed in consultation with agencies, who were asked for ways in which the NHS can meet demand and manage costs, without compromising on patient safety and clinical quality.
It covers permanent recruitment through employment agencies which provide clinical staffing solutions, such as http://www.gandlscientific.com/clinical-staffing-solutions, so NHS trusts can be confident they are getting staff who will provide quality care for patients.
It is not-for-profit, which means any spending on agency staffing is reinvested in the NHS.
The framework, which awarded a place to more than 400 agencies, started on August 8 and will continue for two years.