Building the NHS workforce

The last few months have shown the critical importance of our frontline healthcare workers as the NHS tackles the greatest global health crisis in its history.

Many thousands rejoined to bolster our hospitals and a new generation of nurses started their careers early to join the frontline in the fight against coronavirus. Millions took to the streets for the weekly clap for carers and people have been inspired and motivated to play their part joining the largest healthcare service in the world.

The Health Careers website saw a 223% increase in the number of people expressing an interest in a career in nursing and more than 400,000 NHS job applications were submitted in March 2020. 

In this, the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, we have seen how important these individuals are to our health service. More needs to be done to recruit and retain people in these essential and rewarding roles.

Workforce Alliance was formed to enable the NHS to deliver a sustainable NHS workforce model. The Workforce Alliance brings together the expertise of NHS Procurement in Partnership and Crown Commercial Service as the biggest public procurement partnership in the UK. As leaders in the field we collectively raise the bar to address the staffing crisis and deliver a sustainable workforce model.

With the rise in numbers expressing an interest in becoming part of the NHS, the Workforce Alliance can help your trust with recruiting permanent staff domestically and internationally, run retention programmes, use NHSI approved frameworks to source agency staff and obtain workforce consultancy and advice.

Every organisation within the Alliance has delivered award-winning, accredited, cost saving, compliant agreements. Four out of the five partners are NHS organisations and understand the staffing and cost pressures faced by our health service.

We provide the NHS with straightforward and compliant routes to market, as well as dedicated support and expert category advice to enable you to create and maintain a sustainable workforce.

Workforce Alliance has a range of frameworks within our portfolio covering International Recruitment, Flexible Resource Pool – Staff Bank, Non-Clinical Temporary and Fixed Term Staff, National Clinical Staffing, e-Rostering, HR and Payroll Solutions and Workforce Support.

Let us support you to turn this surge of interest and new recruits into the NHS workforce and on to your wards, clinics and offices.

For more information, please contact your local procurement hub

NHS Commercial Solutions

East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub

NHS London Procurement Partnership

NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative

Crown Commercial Service