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Southern Health Staff Bank in partnership with NHS Professionals

As many of you will know, we have been looking for a solution to provide temporary staffing for our services.

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Careful consideration was given to finding a provider who had experience of our services, the systems and governance capabilities to support our requirements and the reporting tools to assist us in managing our teams productively. A range of our clinicians with previous experience of working with staffing agencies, were involved in the design of the new service. This has ensured lessons have been learnt from our past experience and we have a system that provides us with everything we need.

Following a detailed tender process, NHS Professionals (NHSP) has been chosen as our new provider.  This new service will be called “Southern Health Staff Bank in Partnership with NHS Professionals”.

Sandra Grant, Director of Workforce and Development said, “We are looking forward to working with NHS Professionals to establish a new and efficient way of providing temporary staff to our services. We know many of you will have worked with NHS Professionals before and we would like to reassure you we have used this learning and experience to ensure we have been very robust and clear on our requirements.  The tender process was rigorous and we are confident they are now able to provide the service we require.”

Chief Executive of NHS Professionals, Stephen Dangerfield, said

“We are really pleased to be partnering with Southern Health. Our specialist implementation team will be working closely with you all to ensure this is a service that meets your needs. From 8 April 2013, there will also be a new team of dedicated Trust Liaison Co-ordinators, based across the Trust, to manage your requests and service requirements. This team will work closely with Iona Maclean, Southern Health’s Implementation Manager who will ensure the service runs smoothly."

Benefits to Trust Services

The system will be run using a managed booking system (linked to MAPS Healthroster/e-Rostering) and supported by dedicated Trust Liaison Co-ordinators. This will speed up the process of booking temporary staff whether using self fill or direct booking methods, giving you more time to spend with service users.

The Trust will work closely with NHSP on key areas such as recruitment and training. This will allow services to get involved with the selection of staff who they will be working with.

We will also have a robust reporting system to review bank/agency usage and spend, allowing us to closely monitor activity and reduce our spend in this area.

I have some more questions, where can I find out more?

We will be offering those of you responsible for booking and managing temporary staff, an invitation to attend our Senior User Group. Over the next few weeks, we will be setting up an intranet page with a Frequently Asked Questions section. We will also keep you updated on key milestones during implementation so you know where we’ve got to.

If you would like to find out more about the new service or would like to book a place on a Senior User Group Forum, please contact Iona Maclean, Implementation Manager – Temporary Staffing at iona.maclean@southernhealth.nhs.uk

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Contact Iona Maclean, Implementation Manager – Temporary Staffing