Temporary Staffing FOI

Ms C Ball made this Freedom of Information request to Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust,

Please answer the below questions in relation to your organisations staff bank utilisation for each staffing group:

Allied Health Professionals (AHPs)
Nursing and Midwifery
Non-Medical Non-Clinical

For each response state the name of the staffing group this relates to e.g. AHPs: Yes, Nursing & Midwifery: Yes, NMNC: No

1a. Does your organisation have a current staff bank?

1b. If yes, what type of bank is in place and when if applicable is the contract due for renewal:

i) Internal bank supported by third-party technology
ii) Managed bank
iii) Outsourced bank
iv) In-house (no third-party involved, possibly managed on Excel)

Please answer the below questions in relation to the organisations staff bank supplier for each staffing group. For each response state the name of the staffing group this relates to e.g. AHPs: Yes, Nursing & Midwifery: Yes, NMNC: No

3a. Please state the name of the third-party supplier(s) used to manage the supply of your bank staff, inclusive of any outsourced or managed arrangements (i.e. NHSP, Patchwork, Reed, Allocate, Liaison, PlusUs, Locum's Nest etc)

3b. Please state the name of the software used to book and manage your bank staff (i.e.
NHSP:Connect, TempRE Bank, Allocate BankStaff etc.)

4a. What framework was used to procure the supplier?

4b. What is the contract start date? (dd/mm/yy)

4c. What is the contract end date? (dd/mm/yy)

4d. What was the average monthly fee paid to the supplier in the last 12 months?

4e. What is the pricing structure of the fees paid to the supplier? I.e. % of costs processed, fixed transactional fee, license fee etc

Yours faithfully,

Ms C Ball

Information Rights, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

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Annette Lynskey

Information Rights Assistant

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

 

DD: 01603 421762

[mobile number]

E: [2][email address]

 

Hellesdon Hospital, Drayton High Road, Norwich NR6 5BE

 

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Information Rights, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Requestor

 

Thank you for your recent request under the Freedom of Information Act.
Please see below the information you have requested.

 

Question Answers
Please answer the below questions  
in relation to your organisations
staff bank utilisation for each
staffing group:

 

Allied Health Professionals (AHPs)

Nursing and Midwifery

Non-Medical Non-Clinical

 
For each response state the name of  
the staffing group this relates to
e.g. AHPs: Yes, Nursing &
Midwifery: Yes, NMNC: No

 
1a. Does your organisation have a Yes to all staff groups
current staff bank?

 
1b. If yes, what type of bank is in Contract renewal is August 2021 with
place and when if applicable is the the option to extend by a further year
contract due for renewal:

 
i) Internal bank supported by It is a managed Bank
third-party technology

ii) Managed bank

iii) Outsourced bank

iv) In-house (no third-party
involved, possibly managed on
Excel)

 
Please answer the below questions  
in relation to the organisations
staff bank supplier for each
staffing group. For each response
state the name of the staffing
group this relates to e.g. AHPs:
Yes, Nursing & Midwifery: Yes,
NMNC: No

 
3a. Please state the name of the NHSp for all staff groups
third-party supplier(s) used to
manage the supply of your bank
staff, inclusive of any outsourced
or managed arrangements (i.e. NHSP,
Patchwork, Reed, Allocate, Liaison,
PlusUs, Locum's Nest etc)

 
3b. Please state the name of the NHSp; Our Bank
software used to book and manage
your bank staff (i.e.

NHSP:Connect, TempRE Bank, Allocate
BankStaff etc.)

 
4a. What framework was used to Crown Commercial Services
procure the supplier?

 
4b. What is the contract start 1^st December 2013
date? (dd/mm/yy)

 
4c. What is the contract end date? 31^st August 2020
(dd/mm/yy)

 
4d. What was the average monthly The Trust considers that this
fee paid to the supplier in the information is exempt under Section
last 12 months? 43(2) of the Freedom of Information
Act. This applies where release of the
  information would be likely to
prejudice the commercial interests of
any party, in this case those of the
NHSp and the Trust. Providing this
information would affect the Trust and
NHSp’s  position when negotiating
future contracts in this area.

 

As Section 43(2) is a qualified
exemption it is also necessary to
assess the public interest test and
balance factors in favour of and
against the release of the
information.

 

4e. What is the pricing structure Public interest factors in favour of
of the fees paid to the supplier? the release of the information are as
I.e. % of costs processed, fixed follows:
transactional fee, license fee etc
o Public interest in knowing how
  public money is spent
o Effective scrutiny of public
spending

 

Conversely, arguments against the
release of information are:

o Prejudice to the Trust’s
commercial interests, meaning
extra money may be spent
unnecessarily in the future.
o Public interest in the Trust being
able to effectively negotiate with
suppliers.

 

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

Sarah Ayto

Information Rights Officer

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

 

DD: 01603 421717

[mobile number]

E: [3][email address]

 

Hellesdon Hospital, Drayton High Road, Norwich, NR6 5BE

 

 

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