North of England
Commercial Procurement Collaborative


September's Contract of the Month is National Clinical Staffing



In late 2015 NHS Improvement (NHSI) set maximum rates that NHS trusts should pay for temporary staff. These rates were subsequently lowered again in February and April 2016.

This framework was created in partnership with the four hubs of NHS CPP. Development of the framework was in consultation with key leads including HR Directors, Staff Bank Managers and Procurement Specialists.

To ensure that this framework was both tailored and fully compliant with all of the current rules we consulted and worked closely with the NHSI. This enabled greater insight into the best ways of managing cost and demand, without compromising clinical quality and patient safety.


NHSI compliance

This framework was created in consultation with NHS Improvement, in order to support the agency pricing cap rules which came into effect November 2015. Using this framework ensures that your organisation is compliant with current NHSI regulations and is future-proofed to take into account any further agency price regulations.


All suppliers have been audited pre-award to ensure that their processes and procedures comply with NHS Employers standards.

Flexible and Free

Trusts are able to use agencies as employment businesses, direct engagement, neutral vendor or in master vendor arrangement. This framework is free to access.


Compliant with the latest caps.

What is included?

Under this framework, our customers have the option to choose how they source their temporary staff.

The Clinical Staffing framework has three lots:

Lot 1 – Employment Business

Under this lot agencies supply temporary workers and pay the


Lot 2 – Employment Agency

Agencies supply either temporary or permanent workers to the trust, but the trust pays the worker, with the agency receiving a commission fee.

Lot 3 – Neutral Vendor

The supplier acts as a neutral party. They do not supply their own staff, but instead manage the supply chain.

Within each of the lots, trusts have the option to pick individual staff groups such as nurses, medical, doctors or dental.


We have an extensive list of fully checked and compliant suppliers for you to choose from, if you would like access this framework and the list of supplier please contact Joanne Barton, Clinical Temp Staffing Category Manager. 

Any questions?

Contact Joanne Barton
Category Manager

0114 399 2015 | 07984 158 399

For more information about this contract please click here.

Written by Kate Warman