Healthcare recruiter reports 20% increase in NHS vacancies
Healthcare recruiter, TLTP Medical, has reported a 20% increase in the number of NHS vacancies on its books and a significant increase in the number of permanent rather than short term placements being made since the introduction of the first NHS price cap in November.
Darryl Mydat, managing director of TLTP Medical, says that the number of vacancies first began rising steeply after hospitals were prevented from using non-framework recruitment agencies. He says that hospitals’ inability to pay locum rates has now led to a consequent increase in permanent placements, a trend he expects to continue once the next cap is introduced at the start of next month
Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) introduced caps on the hourly rates paid for all agency staff in November. The maximum rate payable was then lowered in February and will brought down again from 1st April.
Mydat said, “This new situation is producing a shift in the way staff are recruited into the NHS.
“It will take some time for the situation to even out and at present there is a growing number of opportunities across the board. However, whilst we recognise the need to reduce staffing costs, it’s important to ensure that patient care in not jeopardised by cutting back on rigorous background checks on all applicants during the recruitment process.
“With demand for staff outstripping supply it may be tempting to take a candidate who, on paper, looks impressive but without the robust recruitment, selection and vetting processes that a recruitment agency would deploy before allowing them to start work.”