Salisbury Foundation Trust

FOI_4956

Internal Reference Number: FOI_4956

Date Request Received: 18/03/2019 09:20:13

Date Request Replied To: 03/04/2019 09:40:09

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Request Summary: Agency/ Bank staffing at the Trust; framework for procurement, spend etc.

Request Category: Private Individuals






 
Question Number 1:
Please confirm whether your Trust has either
a) an in-house staff bank
b) outsourced staff bank
c) other service provision
d) not applicable, i.e. staff not required by the Trust

for the following staff groups:

- administrative services staff
- allied health professionals
- emergency services staff
- health science services staff
- 'registered' nursing and midwifery staff
- 'unregistered' nursing and midwifery staff
- medical and dental staff
- personal social services staff
- support services staff

please reply in the following format: administrative services staff = c; allied health professionals = a; emergency services staff = d and so on
 
Answer To Question 1:
- administrative services staff = a
- allied health professionals = c
- emergency services staff = d
- health science services staff = c
- 'registered' nursing and midwifery staff = a
- 'unregistered' nursing and midwifery staff = a
- medical and dental staff = medical c
- personal social services staff = d
- support services staff = a

please reply in the following format: administrative services staff = c; allied health professionals = a; emergency services staff = d and so on
 
Question Number 2:
Where you have NOT ANSWERED 'A' to Q1 please elaborate as follows:

i) if any staffing category has received an answer of 'B' please confirm the name of the outsourced staff bank service provider. For example, this could be either NHS Professionals or Pulse Healthcare Ltd. trading as Bank Partners or Reed Specialist Recruitment Ltd. or other service provider.

ii) if any staffing category has received an answer of 'C' please confirm the nature of the other service provision. For example, this could be full, or in part, reliance on agency staff.

Please reply in the following format: administrative services staff = c, reliance on agencies; nursing and midwifery staff = b, name of outsourced staff bank service provider and so on
 
Answer To Question 2:
AHP / BMS - Plus Us
Health Science Services - Plus Us
Medical Staff - Plus Us


 
Question Number 3:
Where you have answered B to Q.1 please confirm whether (in line with the Public Contract Regulations 2015) you have entered a contract with that service provider under either:

a) a locally procured contract; or
b) called-off from an NHS accessible framework agreement, such as Crown Commercial Services RM1072 Workforce management services or Healthtrust Europe Total workforce solutions framework; or
c) other

Where you have not entered a contract, please confirm accordingly.
 
Answer To Question 3:
A = in house Bank
 
Question Number 4:
Where you have answered 'B' (called-off from an NHS accessible framework) to Q.3 please confirm the framework, for example, Crown Commercial Services RM1072 Workforce management services framework.
 
Answer To Question 4:
N/A
 
Question Number 5:
Where you have answered 'C' to Q.3 please elaborate.
 
Answer To Question 5:
N/A
 
Question Number 6:
Where you have entered into a contract, for the most recent 12 month period, i.e financial year 2018/19, please confirm the contract's :

a) overall annual value (£/pence excl. VAT). For example, £1 million excl. VAT.

Please note that this request is in relation to the provision of outsourced staff bank services only and should include any annual management fees, operational (transaction) costs, i.e. volume related hourly fees for the provision of bank workers and/or agency workers. Please do not include any other agency related spend.

b) overall annual value by staffing type (£/pence excl. VAT), for example, 'qualified' nursing and midwifery staff = £250,000 excl. VAT; 'unregistered' nursing and midwifery staff = £150,000 excl. VAT and so on.

Please note that this request is in relation to the provision of outsourced staff bank services only and should include operational (transaction) costs, i.e. volume related hourly fees for the provision of bank workers and/or agency workers. Please do not include any other agency related spend.
 
Answer To Question 6:
We do not have an outsourced bank service, please refer to questions 1 & 2 above
 
Question Number 7:
Where you have entered into a contract, please confirm the contract's:

a) commencement date;
b) expiry date of any initial term; and
c) expiry date of any applicable extension periods if taken.
 
Answer To Question 7:
N/A
 
Question Number 8:
Where your contract's initial or extended term is due to expire in the next 12 months, i.e. during financial year 2019/20, please confirm whether your Trust intends to:

a) bring the outsourced managed staff bank service back in-house; or
b) establish another local procured contract, advertising the business opportunity in line Public Contract Regulations 2015; or
c) call-off again from an NHS accessible framework agreement, such as Crown Commercial Services or Healthtrust Europe.
 
Answer To Question 8:
We do not have an outsourced bank service
 
Question Number 9:
Where you have answered 'C' to Q.8 please confirm the framework the Trust is likely to use, for example, Healthtrust Europe Total workforce solutions framework. If not yet known, please confirm accordingly.
 
Answer To Question 9:
N/A
 
Question Number 10:
where you have answered 'C' to Q.8 please confirm whether this outsourced staff bank contract shall be:

a) relevant to the Trust only; or
b) a collaborative contract including other trusts from across your and/or neighbouring STP's footprint?
 
Answer To Question 10:
N/A
 
Question Number 11:
For the most recent 12 month period, i.e. financial year 2018/19, please confirm the effectiveness of the Trust's staff bank as follows:

a) monthly bank filled rate, broken down by staff type. For example, registered nursing and midwifery staff = 40%; and
b) monthly agency filled rate, broken down by staff type. For example, registered nursing and midwifery staff = 40%; and
c) monthly unfilled rate, broken down by staff type. For example, registered nursing and midwifery staff = 20%.

Where this monthly information is not readily available, please provide an annual average percentage rate instead
 
Answer To Question 11:
This level of detail is considered too commercially sensitive in light of the Trusts Strategy to review it's Bank services in the coming 12 months and so the Trust applies an exemption under Section 43 under the Freedom of Information Act (please see attached Refusal Notice).
 
Question Number 12:
Please confirm either 'Yes' or 'No' whether:

a) there is a member, or members, of your Trust's Board who is accountable for the effective management of temporary staffing and in turn the reduction of agency spend? making effective use of staff banks overseeing the use of temporary staff; and
b) temporary staff usage is regularly discussed at Board meetings?
 
Answer To Question 12:
Yes
 
Question Number 13:
Where you have answered 'YES' to Q.12.A can you please tell me whether the relevant persons concerned are either:

a) a non-executive; or
b) an employee of the Trust? If a Trust employee, please elaborate by confirming the role (not their name) of that person within the Trust.
 
Answer To Question 13:
Director of OD and People
Please see attachments:
Refusal Notice FOI_4956.pdf
 
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