ID Medical, the UK’s leading multi-discipline healthcare recruiter, has been selected as NHS Master Vendor for the provision of Nursing & Care Services to The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SATH) and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust.
The contracts, awarded on 28th May 2014, mean ID Medical will take responsibility for managing the Trusts’ agency staffing requirements for Registered Nurses (both general and critical), Theatre Staff, Registered Midwives and Health Care Support Workers, to ensure the continuity of patient-focused care services for the local hospitals and their communities.
Despite the difference between the two Trusts, SATH being a main acute provider, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust a community-based provider, the primary focus of strengthening and improving the services and maintaining the traditional caring values of the NHS is shared between the two. Both Trusts are guided by the key principles of putting patients first and ensuring they have the right staff, with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time – the principles that ID Medical fully supports.
A Word from our CEO
Deenu Patel, Chief Executive Officer at ID Medical comments, “When partnering with Trusts, the critical factor for us is embedding and integrating into their culture, ensuring their core values are adhered to. In this, ID Medical can improve the Trust’s methodology, calling on its extensive knowledge and experience to deliver to exacting requirements in-line with our NHS master vendor status.
“Both Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust have shown 100% confidence in ID Medical to deliver the Master Vendor model and through this supplier arrangement, the Trusts can successfully streamline agency usage, ensuring patient safety and continuity of care for all patients.
“This way of working means we can continually deliver to the Trusts’ long-term staffing objectives. Our existing partnerships with Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust, North Bristol NHS Trust and West Middlesex Hospital NHS Trust are testament to this where we have tangibly demonstrated cost savings, with the priority of better procurement, better value and better care at the forefront.
“ID Medical is proud to play its part in being an NHS master vendor and shaping the Trusts’ outstanding services for the future by supplying agency nurses who will provide high quality care for the patients across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.”
Andy Matthews, Divisional Manager for Community Hospitals and Outpatients at Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, said: “This contract will help us better manage our use of agency staff, and give us the reassurance that we are getting the right quality of healthcare professional when we need that additional support for our services.”
Victoria Maher, Workforce Director at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust added, “The most important thing for us is to ensure that agency staff working on our wards and in-patient services have the same values as our own staff, as well as being appropriately skilled and properly trained, so that our patients receive the best possible care. We believe that this partnership arrangement will support that. It is also a bonus that the contract will save money on our agency bill, so we are very pleased to be working with ID Medical.”