Reducing agency spend

In 2016, the government announced that investment would be made to support trusts reduce their agency spend. As part of this, during 2017, NHS Employers worked with 13 NHS trusts and an STP to focus on reducing their medical locum spend, make effective use of e-rostering software and maximise flexible working opportunities for staff.
This section brings together a suite of programme resources, information and guidance which can help NHS organisations maximise their substantive workforce and reduce reliance on temporary staffing.

Five high impact actions

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


Effective recruitment

Well planned recruitment ensures you secure the right staff to meet your workforce needs. 

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Retaining the valuable members of staff that you currently employ, and have invested in, is a key element to meeting the challenges surrounding workforce supply, including the use of temporary staff. 


Reducing agency spend case studies and resources

A range of case studies and resources designed and developed to help employers reduce agency spend.

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