Crown Commercial Service

Health workforce update

There’s a lot to tell you about our activity to support you with your workforce needs this month. In this blog you can find out more about staff banks, in particular developing a collaborative bank in your region, our NHS Improvement approval, data packs and our new customer steering board…

Staff banks

Following the NHS Improvement target to have a staff bank in place by March 2018, we hosted a series of workshops during January and February. Designed to help trusts reduce reliance on agency staff and increase use of staff banks to meet the target, we were delighted to welcome 60 NHS trusts to the workshops in Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol and London.

If you were unable to attend or would like further support setting up or improving your staff bank please get in touch, quoting ‘staff banks’ in the comments box.

Learn more about our Workforce Management framework.

We’re also helping a number of groups of trusts, including Lancashire, Hertfordshire and Sheffield Teaching hospitals, who are working toward a collaborative staff bank. Collaboration is encouraged by NHS Improvement as a way of controlling prices in a geographical area and sharing of staff grades. If you are interested in finding out more about how we can support your area, please get in touch, quoting ‘collaborative staff banks’ in the comments box.

Customer steering board

We are starting to develop our future strategy for the next generation of commercial workforce solutions for the NHS. We want to ensure we can help you effectively engage and manage substantive and flexible bank and agency staff.

If you would like to get involved in the development of this strategy, why not become a member of our new customer board? You will be able to help us thoroughly understand the challenges you are facing, test our ideas on new approaches, and inform the strategic direction of our new commercial agreements.

Our first customer board is taking place in London on 22 March. If you would like to attend please get in touch, quoting ‘NHS customer board’ in the comments box and we will send you further details of timings and location.

If you are unable to join us on 22 March and would like to get involved, please still get in touch.

NHS Improvement approval

We are pleased to confirm that all of our staffing frameworks have been approved by NHS Improvement for another year. Our continued approval status is an integral part of being able to operate as a framework owner in the health market and we are delighted to once again have been successful in our submission.

To recap, our approved staffing frameworks are:

Data packs

We are now able to produce data packs to help you to track your spend, analyse your performance and monitor adherence to NHS Improvement capped rates. If you don’t yet receive this data and would like to please get in touch, stating which framework(s) you are interested in in the comments box. We will put you in touch with the relevant commercial (framework) agreement manager(s) who will contact you to discuss your requirement.

Get in touch

As well as filling in our online form to tell us how we can help you, you can also call us on 0345 410 2222 or email info@crowncommercial.gov.uk. You can also visit the pages for our workforce frameworks using the links above.