With the recent announcement from the Department of Health (DoH) introducing a ban on NHS trusts using ‘non-framework’ agencies in the UK, our latest blog explains what a framework is and the benefits for doctors choosing a framework agency. Global Medics / Doctors on Call is an approved framework agency and has been supplying qualified doctors to the NHS for over 14 years.
What is a framework?
In temporary (locum) staffing, a framework is a list of approved suppliers (agencies) who have been vetted and audited by a framework body to provide assurances to clients (NHS trusts) that they can supply doctors of a high quality and at a competitive price.
To be a ‘framework supplier’ agency, each agency has to apply through a tender process and provide information about their organisation, their policies and procedures, and their ability to supply locum doctors to the framework clients requirements.
Who benefits from being on a framework?
For doctors the main benefits of choosing a framework agency is a larger selection and variety of locum jobs and security of working for a fully vetted and approved agency.
For NHS trusts, once an agency is approved on the framework they can expect:
– Fully vetted doctors who comply with the NHS employers standards
– Revalidation of all full-time locum doctors
– Competitive locum pay and charge rates
– Regular audits by the framework bodies to ensure doctors are fully vetted in line with the NHS employers standards
How many staffing frameworks exist in the UK?
There are three main staffing frameworks, consisting of:
– Crown Commercial Services (CCS)
– Health Trust Europe
– London Procurement Partnership
Why is Global Medics / Doctors on Call on the framework?
We choose to be a framework supplier because it reassures our customers we are delivering a high quality service, and it also enables us to offer our locum doctors the largest choice of assignments and the reassurance of working through a vetted and approved NHS staffing supplier. Being on the main CCS framework we are also a designated body for the purpose of revalidation and so can support our doctors in the appraisal and revalidation process.
For further information visit www.globalmedics.com