Crisis averted: Rotas filled and costs cut with a medical talent partner

31 July 2020 By Michael Bowyer

Medical Staffing provides talent solutions that are flexible and tailored to suit an organisation’s unique requirements. We know that staffing some NHS trusts can be trickier than others due to location, so we made it a priority to provide cost-effective and on-framework solutions to trusts who struggle to achieve block bookings or get emergency staff at short notice.

A leading Northern Trust found it particularly difficult to fill their rotas over the winter months and knowing that we could help provide on framework, short-notice block bookings to fill their initial rota requirements, we quickly proposed a partnership to help them and continue to provide them with cost-effective staffing solutions.

The challenge:

Fast. Cost effective. Reliable

December can be a difficult time in the year for getting rotas filled and many bookings can fall through at short notice due to sickness - even for those trusts who are better geographically placed to attract clinician staff. This Northern Trust often struggled to fill their rotas due to its location and its off-framework usage was at an all-time high with what staff they could source costing them greatly.

They needed to source high-quality nurses at short notice across multiple departments and needed support in finding cost-effective procurement resources.

“I would describe our relationship with Medical Staffing as more of an extension of our team, rather than as a trust engaging with an agency, and we couldn’t be happier with the level of service provided throughout our first months of working together”. -- Ward Sister

The solution:

By leveraging our experience with trusts in other Northern areas we were able to draw on our deep networks to provide short notice staffing solutions. We undercut their existing untenable costs by providing on-framework, high-quality nurses in block bookings to suit their multi-departmental needs.

Our offer of travel support and accommodation for our nurses meant that we were able to compensate for the logistical difficulties created by their geographical placement. We also foster relationships with our clinician staff and assist them to be fully compliant for efficient onboarding. We offered this support throughout our engagement and during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The outcome:

  • Stable, compliant talent bookings

    • We supplied 25 trusted, compliant nurses in block bookings over a six-month period

  • Reduced off-framework usage

    • We significantly reduced their costs by providing consistent, on-framework solutions

  • Improved patient care

    • We were able to help regulate patient care with our regular staff bookings so that familiar, friendly faces administered their care

What next?

If you are a healthcare provider in need of extra support sourcing exceptional primary and acute care staff, or require clinical assessment services during the pandemic, Medical Staffing is pleased to offer fast and flexible solutions. Please get in touch to discuss your unique requirements and we will endeavour to provide bespoke solutions to suit your needs.

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