Consultation outcome

National price caps for agency staff working in the NHS

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) will introduce caps on the hourly rates paid for all agency staff to take effect from midday on 23 November 2015.

Feedback received

Summary of consultation responses

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Detail of feedback received

This document:

  • outlines the proposals we set out in the consultation
  • summarises responses to the consultation
  • describes our response and rationale for the approach we are adopting

Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to the consultation.

Original consultation

Summary

Sets out the proposed rules on price caps for agency staff and bank staff procured by NHS providers.

This consultation ran from
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Consultation description

Monitor and the NHS TDA propose to introduce caps on the total amount NHS providers can pay per hour for an agency worker.

The proposed hourly price caps would apply to:

  • all staff groups employed by NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts: nursing, medical, all other clinical and other non-clinical staff
  • all agency staff and bank staff

The price caps would not apply to substantive/permanent staff or staff employed by ambulance trusts.

Next steps

Monitor and the NHS TDA will consider all responses to the consultation and decide whether, when and how to implement the price caps. Subject to that process, the aim is to introduce the price caps on 23 November 2015.

If you have questions relating to the consultation or proposed rules, please email agencyrules@monitor.gov.uk.

Documents

Price caps for agency staff: proposed rules and consultation

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Letter to NHS foundation trust and NHS trust chief executive officers

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Price caps for agency staff: impact assessment

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Published 15 October 2015
Last updated 20 November 2015 + show all updates
  1. Update page with a summary of responses to the consultation and added a link to the revised rules and capped rates for agency staff.
  2. First published.