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The Herts and Beds Agency Consortium win their second award

Posted: 4 July 2017
Valerie Hill, communications apprentice

The Herts and Beds Agency Consortium win their second award for 'working smarter' and saving millions of pounds! The Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Agency Consortium - health trusts across Herts and Beds who have worked collaboratively to save money - have won their second award!

Pictured caption - left to right: Tom Simons, Jane Goodall and Paul Da GamaThe consortium won a BMJ Careers Award for 'working smarter' and the panel said they are 'really impressed with the collaborative approach' the consortium takes.

Remarkably, this is the consortium's second award in the space of a year. Last November, they were recognised with a highly commended award in the 'collaboration' category at the Healthcare Supply Association Awards.

The consortium has saved millions of pounds by working collectively to get the best deals and rates for agency staff. In total they have saved nearly 1 million for West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust (WHHT), and combined savings of more than 6 million across trusts in the two counties!

Costs have been driven down since NHS Improvement (NHSI) set rate caps in October 2015 to reduce trusts' expenditure on agency staff. By working together, trusts are not competing against one another in order to provide the highest salary to agency staff. Rather, their united approach means that agency workers no longer have to try to find the best rates at different trusts.

Paul da Gama, WHHT's director of human resources, said: "By using a united approach across the two counties, we were able to ensure that we didn't inadvertently drive up prices by competing against other NHS organisations for staff, while ensuring that we maintained good staffing levels, which is vital for our patients.

"While there is more work to do, this project has delivered substantial benefits for everyone involved and demonstrates the benefits of more collaborative working between organisations."

Well done to the team!

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  1. For more information, please contact Valerie Hill, Communications Apprentice, on telephone: 01923 436284 or email: info@whht.nhs.uk. Out of hours, please call 07900 228 031.
  2. West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute trust serving people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three sites at Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals and sees about 600,000 patients a year. We are one of the largest employers locally, with around 4,500 staff and volunteers.