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Two leaders in the public sector and NHS procurement join forces to deliver health workforce service

  • 06/08/2019
  • Written by Juliet Moore

Workforce Alliance sees Crown Commercial Service (CCS) and NHS Procurement in Partnership (NHS PiP) coming together to deliver a portfolio of health workforce services for the benefit of customers and suppliers. Plans for this partnership are progressing well with 3 frameworks already launched under the new collaboration:

The International Recruitment framework was the first to be launched to support the NHS and the public sector in its future recruitment strategies. The framework is in response to and aligned with recommendations set out for international recruitment in the NHS Long Term Plan and the NHS Interim People Plan.

Flexible Resource Pool - Staff Bank framework is also live and provides the ability to build a flexible staff bank for both clinical and non-clinical temporary staff. Whilst this is largely for the NHS, access to the framework and its services is available to the whole of the public sector. The framework offers a wide choice of suppliers from small regional businesses to national operators. You may be interested to know that this framework is the first of its kind to ensure pre-employment assurance is undertaken against NHS Employers Check Standards for all workers employed by an outsourced bank.

The Non-Clinical Temporary and Fixed-Term Staff framework agreement launched in July 2019. This replaced the previous CCS Non-Medical Non-Clinical framework and provides access to competitive pricing, with the ability to better use fixed-term appointments and statement of work. It continues to ensure non-clinical workers are subject to NHS Employers check standards.

A fourth framework National Clinical and Healthcare Staffing Framework will go out to tender in mid-August this year. It will provide high quality, temporary, permanent, and fixed-term clinical and healthcare staffing services. It will replace the CCS Multidisciplinary Temporary Healthcare Personnel and the NHS Procurement in Partnership National Clinical Staffing frameworks.

A Workforce Alliance Executive Board has been established with representation from all the partner organisations. “We are delighted to be working together in support of our joint ambition for a sustainable NHS workforce model. The collection of expertise, resources and geographical reach across the alliance brings a willingness to listen and to work in partnership to benefit our customers across the NHS and the wider public sector.”

Frequently asked questions for customers

1. Who is part of the Workforce Alliance?

NHS Procurement in Partnership (NHS PiP) is a four-Hub collaboration between NHS Commercial Solutions, East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub, NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative and NHS London Procurement Partnership. This collaboration enables NHS PiP to utilise the collective expertise of each organisation, facilitate aggregation, avoid unnecessary duplication and influence the procurement landscape to best effect for the NHS. 

Crown Commercial Service (CCS) helps organisations across the entire public sector get the best deals on the goods and services they need to run their organisations, from temporary staff and facilities management to fleet and IT. CCS work across several key customer sectors including central government and what we refer to as the wider public sector - which includes local authorities, schools, hospitals, charities, and housing associations.

2. What will happen to the planned Health Sector Resourcing framework?

The CCS Health Sector Resourcing framework has been superseded by the new Workforce Alliance frameworks.

3. Who do customers contact about existing frameworks?

Existing customers should continue to contact your relevant regional hub or your contact at Crown Commercial Service for enquiries and support.

4. How are suppliers going to be managed under this new collaboration?

Suppliers will continue to be managed against framework requirements; this will be undertaken as part of the Workforce Alliance team.

5. If you are a new customer, how do you access the frameworks?

If you are not an existing customer and would like further information about the partnership, please contact your relevant regional hub or your contact at Crown Commercial Service.

NHS Commercial Solutions (NHSCS)

NHSCS.agency@nhs.net

www.commercialsolutions-sec.nhs.uk

East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub (EOECPH)

workforce@eoecph.nhs.uk

www.eoecph.nhs.uk

NHS London Procurement Partnership (LPP)

lppagency@lpp.nhs.uk

www.lpp.nhs.uk

NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOE CPC)

enquiries@noecpc.nhs.uk

www.noecpc.nhs.uk

Crown Commercial Service

info@crowncommercial.gov.uk

www.crowncommercial.gov.uk

 

Frequently asked questions for suppliers

1. What organisations are included in the Workforce Alliance?

NHS Procurement in Partnership is a four Hub collaboration between NHS Commercial Solutions, East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub, NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative and NHS London Procurement Partnership. This collaboration enables NHS PiP to utilise the collective expertise of each organisation, facilitate aggregation, avoid unnecessary duplication and influence the procurement landscape to best effect for the NHS. 

Crown Commercial Service (CCS) helps organisations across the entire public sector get the best deals on the goods and services they need to run their organisations, from temporary staff and facilities management to fleet and IT. CCS work across several key customer sectors including central government and what we refer to as the wider public sector - which includes local authorities, schools, hospitals, charities, and housing associations.

2. How will tender opportunities be published

Information regarding new opportunities will be available in the usual way through both CCS and NHS Procurement in Partnership websites. Notifications for opportunities will also be available through TED.

3. What will happen to the planned Health Sector Resourcing framework?

The CCS Health Sector Resourcing framework has been superseded by the new Workforce Alliance frameworks.

4. How are suppliers going to be managed under this new collaboration?

Suppliers will continue to be managed against framework requirements; this will be undertaken as part of a Workforce Alliance team.

5. Who do suppliers contact about existing frameworks?

Existing suppliers should continue to contact your relevant regional hub or your contact at Crown Commercial Service for enquiries and support.

6. What are the next steps for suppliers using the existing NHS Procurement in Partnership National Clinical Staffing framework agreement?

We have extended this framework until August 2020. Please follow the link for more information.

7. If you are a new supplier, how do you access the frameworks?

If you are not an existing supplier and would like further information about the partnership, please contact your relevant regional hub or your contact at Crown Commercial Service.

NHS Commercial Solutions (NHSCS)

NHSCS.agency@nhs.net

www.commercialsolutions-sec.nhs.uk

East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub (EOECPH)

workforce@eoecph.nhs.uk

www.eoecph.nhs.uk

NHS London Procurement Partnership (LPP)

lppagency@lpp.nhs.uk

www.lpp.nhs.uk

NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOE CPC)

enquiries@noecpc.nhs.uk

www.noecpc.nhs.uk

Crown Commercial Service

info@crowncommercial.gov.uk

www.crowncommercial.gov.uk

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