Our managed-service model is now being extensively adopted within a number of NHS Trusts, thereby helping to address acute staff shortages and to provide a safe, reliable and cost-effective alternative to traditional staffing models and short-term locum cover.
NES has in fact been working with NHS hospitals since the 1990s, but it is only in recent years that the potential benefits of managed rotations have begun to be fully realised.
How it works
The way this works is that our hospitals identify a specific, recurring need and engage NES to provide the cover on a long-term contractual basis. Rotations that are currently in operation include trauma & orthopaedics, general medicine and general surgery. NES, as an employment business, recruits, assesses and trains the doctors before introducing them to the hospital.
Once in place the doctors work on a rotation that is designed in conjunction with the hospital management. Often it will closely mirror the existing doctor rotation so that our doctors can complement the hospital’s own staff.
Throughout this arrangement doctors remain under the employment and management of NES, which means that we organise their holiday cover and provide emergency replacements for sickness as appropriate. We also undertake ongoing training and appraisals with the doctors to ensure that they can revalidate in a timely fashion.
Cost effective service
All of this is included in a monthly charge, which can work out substantially lower than the rates charged by most locum agencies. Regular, predictable monthly billing, together with regular, recurring rotas helps to provide a stable, cost-effective service.