Proposed new nursing agency rules – Monitor and the Trust Development Authority want to hear from you


12 / 8 / 2015 4.21pm

Monitor and the TDA are seeking views on how proposed new rules on using agency staff in the NHS will work in practice.

The rules aim to increase the bargaining power of foundation trusts and NHS trusts when they negotiate with agencies for nursing agency staff and to encourage a move among nurses back in to permanent and bank working. 

They are also designed to help trusts to manage their workforce in a more sustainable way, reduce reliance on temporary staffing, raise quality and improve the working environment for staff. They will not prevent trusts from prioritising patient and staff safety.

They would like to hear views about the design of the rules including:

  • maximum rates a provider can pay for agency workers
  • mandating use of certain framework agreements for procuring agency staff
  • stipulating a maximum each trust can spend on agency staff.

Find out more about the proposed new rules and share your views by sending an email to by 5pm on Thursday 20 August 2015. Further information can be found on the website.

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