Protocols for engagement of professional service providers

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Dear Northamptonshire County Council,

Could you please supply me with information relating to your engagement of individual temporary or contract workers or consultants to fulfil a need for 'specialist professional services' ?

Do you operate organisation-wide (procurement) protocols, to control the number of potential sources for the service provision?

Or are department heads free to consider candidates from any source?

Or are single-contractor needs always met from an internal pool of expertise?

Where the choice of external support is restricted by protocols, is it limited to:
a single local/regional temporary worker agency?
more than one local/regional temporary worker agency?
a nationwide temporary worker agency with a specialism in the required service?
a nationwide generalist temporary worker agency?
a 'meta' agency, a single point of enquiry covering a number of temporary worker agencies (e.g Comensura)?
Other? (please specify)

If the route dictated by protocol does not provide a suitable candidate, how, if at all, is the protocol relaxed to ensure the need is met in a timely manner?

Yours faithfully,

A J Bishop

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