27 / 8 / 2013 8.53am
On the 5 August the Department of Health and NHS England launched 'Better Procurement, Better Value, Better Care: A procurement development programme for the NHS'. Whilst the overall focus of the document is on procurement in general and the opportunities which exist for the NHS to achieve productivity savings from a more effective procurement process, there is also a focus on temporary staffing.
The programme suggests that procurement and HR staff should work together in this area to make the improvements that are required. One of the first actions suggested is that up to date data on agency expenditure will be gathered to enable trusts to identify their relative position and encourage them to learn from the best performers.
The document also states the aim to help the NHS to reduce its non-permanent staff bill by 25 per cent by the end of 2015-16. The full document is available via the Government website.