NHS recruiting contractors to save money

Saving money is the key concern in the recruitment of specialist contractors in the NHS, according to a new poll.

The survey, conducted by ReThink Healthcare, found that improving efficiency and cost-saving initiatives were ‘major factors’ for all Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

Lewis Gould, team leader at ReThink Healthcare, said although cutting costs may be considered a sign of hard times, in this case it is an effective way of reducing costs and making the NHS into a more efficient outfit.

He said: “By hiring smartly and effectively and taking on the right people, CCGs are likely to find that they can start to identify areas of improvement and make a real difference, which can only contribute to better standards of care.” He added that although this is not the only reason contractors are hired, cost is a major factor for all the CCG’s hiring decisions.

Since Primary Care Trusts were replaced by CCGs in 2013, the NHS has hired an increasing number of contractors, including information analysts and service desks professionals.