NHS Improvement approved agreement from Crown Commercial Service helps NHS trust save £60,000 on filling an interim position.
The customer requirement
Calderstones NHS Trust was looking to fill a high profile interim position and needed a candidate who had the experience to write and deliver a full business case for the acquisition of Calderstones NHS Trust by Merseycare NHS Trust.
It was essential that the successful candidate was familiar with dealing with the Trust Development Authority and Monitor (now NHS Improvement). With this in mind, the level of service and screening process, as well as the candidates, needed to be of the highest quality.
The trusts chose to use the Crown Commercial Service Non Medical Non Clinical (RM971) agreement as a compliant route to market to help them find a suitable supplier and ultimately a candidate.
Castlefield Recruitment, an NHS specialist, was appointed as the supplier and quickly and efficiently provided a shortlist of high calibre interim options for the role.
By using the agreement, the trust was able to receive the quality service they required and benefit from access to a transparent rate card as well as the guarantee that the supplier had been through a thorough screening process.
The trust has saved £60,000 alone on this placement, which highlights the potential for substantial savings to be achieved year on year by using NHS Improvement approved agreements.
Using the agreement also gave the trust peace of mind that the necessary candidate checks had all been completed.
“Having recently worked with Castlefield Recruitment to source this Senior Consultant role, I would have no hesitation in recommending them as a recruitment Business Partner. Their knowledge and understanding of the NHS market, as well as our particular circumstance, was second to none. Overall we found their bespoke recruitment service to be transparent, honest and most importantly resulted in our organisation acquiring an excellent candidate along with a huge cost saving.”
Mark Hindle, Chief Executive, Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
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