This week, analysis released by BMA Scotland said the shortage of consultants in Scotland’s NHS is twice as bad as official figures indicate because hundreds of vacancies are not recorded.  The body warned that the vacancy rate is higher than official figures and is more likely to be 13.9 per cent, the equivalent of around […]

Figures from our latest Q2 Taking the Temperature report show that NHS organisations and trusts are continuing to rely heavily on locum or temporary workers to deliver frontline patient care across all specialties. Here we look at the top five reasons for sourcing temporary workers across the NHS. Vacancy – The single most common reason […]

Our latest Q2 Taking The Temperature report into temporary staff spending across the NHS has shown yet another increase in the levels of bank staff being sourced to fill temporary gaps in the rota – a further rise of 4 per cent from 25 to 29 per cent of all bookings made.  This is great […]

If the NHS was a commercial business would it survive without giving its workforce planning staff the training and tools to do the best in their roles? A strong workforce is critical to the future of the NHS. Frontline staff are facing challenges in terms of managing agency locum bookings and keeping agency rates under […]

2017 marked the 70th birthday of the UK’s largest employer, the NHS.  This huge institution has undergone extensive change from when it was first launched.  It has faced financial, staff and patient challenges and has been struggling to keep up with the pace of the modern medical model. In fact, The NHS has a turnover […]