In 2014/15, the NHS spent over £3 billion on agency staff, which led to the introduction of new measures. Agency price caps were introduced in October 2015 to support NHS providers to reduce their agency staff spend and to encourage increased use of substantive and bank staff. Prior to the introduction of agency controls, trusts’ agency staff spending had grown at 25% a year for the previous two years.
Average approval lead in time
Reduction in temporary staff spend Quarter 1 2016-17 and Quarter 1 2017-18
Two and a half years ago our nurse vacancy rate was significant and difficult to manage on a day-to-day basis.
When examining the shape of our workforce, there are three priorities that immediately spring to mind.