A collaborative project involving nine acute hospital trusts from the South West aims to improve fill rates for locum doctors and reduce the amount spent on agency staff across the region, whilst maintaining safe and effective care for patients.
The collaborative was formed 18 months ago to establish the best working practice to manage medical agency supply. The key aims of the work were to:
- Manage the medical agency locum market with the introduction of standardised hourly rates and to ensure continued levels of supply.
- Harness NHS buying power to secure the best commercial rates.
- Improve financial governance.
- Establish an IT booking system which will introduce e-timesheets, and provide Management Information (MI) reporting.
Alison Kingscott, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, said; “We are pleased to be part of the collaborative, and see this as a very positive step to ensure that medical locum provision remains safe, high quality and meets the ever changing demands from our Trust”
Notes for editors:
The South West Collaborative is comprised of the following 9 NHS Trusts:
- Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust
- Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust
- Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
- Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
- Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust
- Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
- South Devon Healthcare Foundation Trust
- Taunton and Somerset Foundation Trust
- Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The collaborative has entered into a new 2 year CCS Framework Contract (RM1570) for a Master Vendor with effect from 1st August 2015. A Master Vendor arrangement allows an agency themselves to supply from their pool of registered doctors, and manage the supply chain from the approved framework agencies.
The Contract has been awarded to “Accident and Emergency Agency” for a period of 2 years with effect from Contract Start date (01/08/2015), under the Crown Commercial Services (CCS) Framework RM1570.
For further information please contact Patrick Butler, Head of Communications at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.