REC Healthcare, the specialist sector group for REC members who work in health and social care recruitment, has this week approved a new executive committee to oversee the campaigning work of the growing group and drive their engagement on key issues relating to NHS staffing. Members of the new committee include representatives of agencies that recruit nurses, locum doctors, allied health professionals, carers, social workers and clerical staff for the health service.
REC Healthcare is already engaging with organisations such as NHS Employers, the Government Procurement Service (GPS), the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Health Professions Council (HPC) to discuss the potential implications of the Health and Social Care Act for the recruitment of staff in the NHS. A recent REC Healthcare meeting brought together over 100 specialist recruitment agencies and provided a forum for members to engage with government on the changes to resourcing and procurement in the NHS.
Commenting on the role the new executive will play Andrew Horner, Chair of REC Healthcare, says:
“We are delighted to announce a new executive committee to champion the voice of specialist recruitment agencies in these difficult times. Our members face big challenges in this changing health and social care environment – from new framework agreements to the revalidation of doctors. As a group we can bring together key NHS stakeholders and decision makers to meet with specialist recruiters and talk through these issues. It’s imperative for the future of the NHS that health service managers and expert recruiters work together to deliver effective resourcing for the health service.
“Our work on compliance and flexible working is leading the way in developing best practice in this field. Our agencies are key partners in ensuring the NHS has the flexible, high quality and cost-effective workforce required to deliver a patient-driven, clinically-lead health service.
“Our new executive committee is committed to making a real difference and we want REC Healthcare to be the place to go to for information on procurement and staffing in the NHS.”