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REC report suggests NHS could benefit from flexible workers

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With the NHS facing tough challenges and the Prime Minister himself stating that there is still a ‘long way to go’ to raise standards of care; the REC has made the suggestion that the use of contractors should be encouraged within the NHS.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) are urging the government to look to contractors and other temporary workers, to provide the NHS with enough staff resources.

Just a few months ago, the REC voiced concerns that flexible workers may suffer due to NHS budget slashing, despite the fact that contractor’s play such a major role in ensuring standards are maintained in the health service.  The REC explained that effective management of a flexible NHS workforce will be vital in ensuring standards of quality and safety is maintained at a time of considerable financial pressure. 

Speakers from NHS Employers, the Government Procurement Service (GPS), an NHS Trust, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) and the Prince’s Trust will join the REC Chief Executive Kevin Green to discuss a range of topics, including how flexible working can help the NHS.

“David Cameron and others in government continue to talk about improving care and patient experience without fully engaging in the debate about how this is to be done. This is a time of great change for the NHS and the truth of the matter is that if improvements are to be made then new ways of working are needed.

“Our agencies are acknowledged as key partners in the management and development of the NHS workforce. We work closely with the Department of Health, NHS organisations and bodies such as the GPS to improve services and supply the staff the health service needs to meet the challenges it faces.”

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