Trusts making significant reductions on temporary staffing costs

31 August 2018

 

The deputy director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, Miriam Deakin, said:

"Trusts have put tremendous effort into reducing the number of agency staff they use and to ensure that have the right staff, with the right skills to meet the needs of patients.

"In the last financial year, trusts made significant reductions in the cost of agency staff for example by introducing new ways of rostering staff and encouraging greater use of bank shifts and staff.

Temporary staff continue to play an important role in the NHS staffing mix, but we urgently need a long-term approach to staffing that is underpinned by a comprehensive workforce strategy.

Miriam Deakin    Deputy Director of Policy and Strategy

"The reliance on agencies across the health and care system is a sticking plaster solution for the growing number of vacancies across the NHS and the increase in demand for services.

"Temporary staff continue to play an important role in the NHS staffing mix, but we urgently need a long-term approach to staffing that is underpinned by a comprehensive workforce strategy."

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