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CRG Clinches Second GPS Win

CRG Clinches Second GPS Win

Recruitment and health service provider, CRG (Castlerock Recruitment Group), has been appointed onto a national framework agreement by Government Procurement Service (GPS) for Agency Nurses & Social Care Workers.

CRG Healthcare – a specialist sub-brand of CRG – was awarded a place on the framework, following a competitive tender. CRG Healthcare will supply agency nurses and social care workers across the NHS in England.

The framework, which includes 40 suppliers in total, will cover six regions and provide general, mental health and community nursing.

Vivienne Jones, General Manager at CRG Healthcare, said: “To be appointed onto this national framework agreement, is a huge accolade for CRG Healthcare and the Group, as a whole. 

This is the second national GPS framework agreement that CRG has been appointed on in recent months. In July 2013, CRG Doctors was awarded a place on a multi-supplier framework agreement, to provide locum doctors and GPs to NHS bodies, as well as to the wider public sector. 

Jones added: “The spend on agency nurses across the NHS in England is worth in the region of &pound1 billion per annum. GPS is a well-respected organisation that operates at the heart of the public sector to deliver significant and sustainable savings. As such, we are delighted to be able to provide highly-skilled and professional agency nurses and social care workers throughout six key regions in the UK.”

CRG Healthcare is run by former nurses, enabling it to effectively meet the needs of patients, as well as considering the needs of the nurses it employs. It has been established for 13 years and provides staff qualified across all grades and specialties. It offers opportunities for qualified nurses across all areas, including Theatres, Critical Care and A&E.

Carol Holroyd, Head of Sourcing and Category Management for Professional Services, Health said: “The new Agency Nurses & Social Care Workers framework will deliver savings of up to 30% compared to the previous framework and hourly charge rates include all costs so there are no hidden extras. By helping reduce the cost of recruiting temporary staff the framework will help the NHS protect front line health services.” 

GPS is an executive agency of the Cabinet Office. It plays a vital role helping protect front line services, delivering savings through its aggregated end to end procurement solutions and managed service. In 2012-13 GPS delivered savings of &pound1.2 billion against a managed spend of &pound11.4 billion.

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