Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust benefits from new nursing procurement model

NHS London Procurement Partnership (NHS LPP) is pleased to be supporting Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to identify the best procurement model to meet the Trust’s nursing workforce supply needs.

The Trust chose to work with NHS LPP – part of the NHS Workforce Alliance – to investigate different procurement models and advise which would ensure they got the best value and fit for their organisation.

Having previously worked with a Workforce Model where a single agency manages their own workers and shifts, the Trust is now being offered nursing staff through a preferred supplier list – where all suppliers awarded can access the shifts at the same time and be managed directly with the trust.

This means that the Trust is now benefiting from having a wider pool of skilled nursing staff with a range of backgrounds and experience, along with being able to use existing agency staff.

Stephanie Alexander, Senior Category Manager at NHS LPP, said: “We really enjoyed having the opportunity to work with Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on this procurement project. We are delighted that the new agency providers help the Trust ensure a safe and affordable nursing workforce that provides high quality care.”

Kelly Willoughby, Deputy Director of Procurement at the Trust, said: “The experience and guidance of the NHS LPP/NHS Workforce Alliance team added considerable value to the whole process for us. We felt the team was like an extension of our own team, bolstering our knowledge, understanding and experience with theirs. We now have a preferred supplier list which we are managing ourselves with the continued support of Stephanie and the team as we move towards implementation.”

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