LPP and CCS collaborate to improve compliance and reduce costs of non-medical non-clinical temporary staff

Compliantly sourcing temporary staff and managing the cost of those staff are challenges for the NHS - and NHS London Procurement Partnership (LPP) and Crown Commercial Service (CCS) are collaborating on the promotion of a framework to support the NHS in meeting that challenge when it comes to non-medical and non-clinical support staff.

The Non Medical Non Clinical framework (NMNC) is NHS Improvement-approved - meaning it is one of the frameworks NHS organisations are now required to use - and will enable NHS organisations to:

  • effectively manage and control the costs of temporary staff;
  • benefit from costs savings; and  
  • demonstrate compliance with NHSi in terms of all non-clinical temporary staff appointments.

The NMNC rates to which suppliers must adhere are 20 per cent lower, on average, than the NHS wage cap. A pricing tool, developed for framework users, clearly demonstrates the maximum pay and charge rates to be paid for all NMNC-supplied staff. The framework also complies with NHS Agenda for Change rates and meets the requirements of the HMRC IR35 regulations for contractors.

LPP and CCS are keen to support NHS organisations with understanding and using the framework to source their non-clinical temporary staff requirements. 

Helen Lynch, LPP’s Agency and Temporary Staffing Lead, says of the collaboration, “By working together to promote this framework, we avoid duplicating each other’s work. In addition, this framework complements the National Clinical Staffing Framework developed by LPP and our NHS Collaborative Procurement* colleagues, providing compliant routes for NHS organisations to source all categories of temporary staff they may need.”