The emphasis is increasingly on using approved agencies, that is those who are shown as authorised collectively by the NHS and the Government frameworks. Such frameworks are HTE, LPP and the CCS amongst others. As a matter of urgency the Trust Development Authority are placing stronger controls to ensure that every trust uses frameworks and only approved agencies moving forward.
Non Framework agencies are those suppliers who either are in the process of gaining framework approval or choose as a matter of choice to supply outside of these agreements. Trusts will have used non framework agencies as a case of last resort when all other channels to procure workers have been exhausted. The obvious consequence of this has resulted in higher costs. It’s also become apparent to 247 Time that some recruitment agencies will have both framework agencies and non framework agencies within the same business and play off each other vacancies