Collaborative approach to medical agency workers - 02 September 2015

Collaborative approach to medical agency workers - 02 September 2015

A collaborative project involving nine acute hospital trusts from the South West aims to improve fill rates for locum doctors and at the same time reduce the amount spent on agency staff across the region, whilst maintaining safe and effective care for patients.

The South West consortium 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.

All nine Consortium Trusts have worked closely together over the last 18 months, from project inception to contract start. Through this collaborative approach a cost saving of 10% across the region could be achieved.

Taunton & Somerset NHS Trust is delighted to be involved in this important project. By working together across the South West we want to ensure that continued levels of medical locum provision are safe, high quality and meet the ever changing demands from Trusts in an efficient and cost-effective way.



Notes for editors:

The South West Consortium is comprised of the following 9 NHS Trusts:

1. Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust

2. Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

3. Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

4. Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

5. Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust

6. Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

7. South Devon Healthcare Foundation Trust

8. Taunton and Somerset Foundation Trust

9. Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The consortium 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 the Press & Communications Office for Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust on 0845 155 8207