Is outsourcing more essential than ever?

With the dependency on outsourcing growing and the support dwindling, Kerry Hallard of the National Outsourcing Association explores how outsourcing is having, and will continue to have, a positive impact on the NHS.

Vicky O’Brien of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation analyses the role of flexible labour in the NHS, not only in propping up the health service during peak times, but also tackling the retention crisis and delivering 21st century care

While recruitment agencies work hard to ensure continuity of care during a transitional period for the NHS, there are other ways suppliers can add value, writes the REC’s Vicky O’Brien

Achieving a flexible and sustainable NHS workforce will require genuine collaboration with recruitment agencies, believes REC policy advisor Vicky O’Brien, who examines progress in this area

Better supplier engagement is key to get temporary staffing right in a changing NHS, writes Chris Wilford, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s Senior Policy & Public Affairs Manager

Keith Gait, chief operating officer, NHS Direct, discusses how the relationship with contact centre insourcing and outsourcing specialist Conduit, which uses the best practice elements of contact centre management whilst operating in the very different environment NHS Direct. This has allowed NHS Direct to understand the different motivations of people who choose agency work over a substantive role.

A locum workforce is not a substitute for permanent staff but is a crucial component in ensuring that patient care does not suffer as a result of understaffing, urges the REC's Ed McRandal

The NHS will need to embrace bold and innovative recruitment models to ensure that budget reductions do not mean cuts to service, urges Ed McRandal from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation

Despite media reports it’s not all doom and gloom when it comes to the state of jobs and recruitment in the healthcare sector, says to Andrei Shelton, managing director, British Medical Jobs

A vigorous and adaptable approach to recruitment is needed to ensure the health service has the right staff to deliver the highest quality care, writes Ruth Warden, deputy head of employment services, NHS Employers

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development discusses managing employee absence through uncertain times

Supporting and retaining talent becomes even more important when faced with making big savings and weathering change, says Karen Charman, NHS Employers.

In lean times like the ones we’re now facing, organisations need to ensure they recruit and retain the right staff, says Karen Charman, head of Employment Services, NHS Employers

A flexible workforce is key to the successful delivery of new NHS policies

Tom Hadley, director of external relations, Recruitment and Employment Confederation, advises on healthcare staffing

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