Reference 2019-587

REF:            2019-587

Subject:        Agency nurses

    

 

Request:

Could the trust please provide information on how much has been spent on agency nurses:

1) This financial year to date

2) 2018/19 financial year

3) 2017/18 financial year

 

Are these amounts higher, lower or within the budgets allocated for agency staff?

Are there any measures being implemented to lower the reliance or use of agency staff?

 

 

Response:

Could the trust please provide information on how much has been spent on agency nurses:
1) This financial year to date £1,328K; lower than budget
2) 2018/19 financial tear £3,543k; more than budget
3) 2017/18 financial year £3,237k; more than budget
Are these amounts higher, lower or within the budgets allocated for agency staff? Please see above
Are there any measures being implemented to lower the reliance or use of agency staff? We have been successful in organising and supporting Open Days for both newly qualified and qualified nurses and our vacancy rates have significantly reduced in this area.

 

From a temp staffing side every shifts is being scrutinised by a senior manager before the decision is made to send to agency. This is working well and our Cap breaches have more than halved in the last 12 months.