NHSs use of specialist contractors still on the rise
Contractors are being used to overhaul outdated systems, with the aim of alleviating strain on permanent staff by improving the ways in which they work on a day to day basis, as well as creating and implementing strategies to cut costs without compromising on standard of care. Regardless of whether its an information manager redesigning an entire IT system, or a finance manager reviewing existing budgets and implementing cost effective solutions, its this combination of specialist skills and extensive experience that allows them to complete complex tasks efficiently and to an exceptionally high standard.
What is becoming increasingly clear is that the tasks which contractors are being assigned to are ones that require a significant amount of expertise and that the changes being implemented are key to improving the current system. So sourcing the right people to complete them is vital if we are serious about making significant improvements to our healthcare system.
Recent reports have suggested that the health services costs continue to spiral out of control and taking on experts who can cut long term expenditure, whilst still maintaining high standards, is one way of driving improved efficiency. Some commentators have expressed concern over the initial cost of taking on contractors. However the long-term improvements they can make in terms of efficiency will more than offset the cost incurred, and as such they should be seen as an investment.
Furthermore the increased importance being placed on applicants having previous experience within the health service, means the contractors being taken on are individuals that truly possess the ability to make a substantial improvement to the NHS.