Agency spend and workforce planning were high on the agenda at a recent REC Health and Social Care Group meeting. Representatives from NHS Employers, NHS Improvement, NHS CPP, CCS and HealthTrust Europe were all in attendance.
During the meeting, NHS Improvement announced that their “key objective is shifting agency workers back into more cost-effective bank settings”. They will be supporting trusts and STPs to introduce collaborative staff banks in an attempt to reduce reliance on medical locums and decrease agency expenditure.
A three part bank strategy will be implemented to achieve this:
|1||Improve use of existing banks||NHSI will shared best practice and support peer learning through:
a) Case studies and best practice toolkit
b) Two bank launch events in to bring together trusts and share learnings
|2||Extend the reach and scope of existing banks||By December 2017:
Increase proportion of medical temporary shifts filled by bank
Have 90% of trusts with a medical bank in development/delivery
|3||Promote collaborative approaches to reducing agency spend||By December 2017:
Have a collaborative bank in development/delivery in every STP footprint