Agency workers

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Agency workers and temporary staff in general are a widely used resource within the NHS and can play a vital role in helping NHS organisations to plan and manage fluctuations in demand, as well as covering for periods of short term workforce shortage. 

Temporary staff and agency workers in particular can prove an expensive resource for the NHS and as a result trusts are looking at options to reduce their temporary staffing costs.  To help you do this, the NHS Employers organisation developed resources to help employers reduce agency costs

Our work includes:

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Reducing agency spend

Developing strategic plans for your temporary workforce will help reduce agency spend and make the most of your available resources.

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How-to guides to help you reduce your agency costs

Guides on reducing agency spend

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Five high impact actions

To help organisations achieve reductions in agency spend, five ‘high impact’ actions for effectively managing your temporary workforce have been identified.

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Top tips for reducing agency spend

Reducing agency expenditure doesn't always have to be about implementing big organisational change programmes, sometimes small actions and initiatives can help to reduce costs


Crown Commercial Service

Latest news and information on the Crown Commercial Service (formerly Government Procurement Service - GPS) and its framework agreements.

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Agency Workers Regulations

The regulations came into force on 1 October 2011 and means that agency workers receive "equal treatment" compared to directly recruited staff after being employed for 12 weeks.

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New Care Certificate guidance published

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