Streamlining involves collective planning and processes that make it easier for staff to move between roles in different NHS organisations. This allows organisations in a particular region, and across the country, to realise benefits including cost savings, recruitment efficiencies and improved staff experience. Streamlining brings together HR and occupational health professionals to form regional agreement on minimum standards and ways of working within four recognised workstreams:
- Recruitment and pre-employment checks
- Statutory and mandatory training
- Occupational health
- Doctors in training
NHS Employers is currently working together with other partners (including NHS Improvement and Health Education England) to provide support for regional streamlining programmes. It is increasingly important that national consistency and quality is improved in relation to staff movements. Two new resource hubs are being developed that will offer practical tools and guidance for those tasked with delivering streamlining objectives.