Getting and keeping the right workforce has become one of the NHS’s biggest priorities – especially in light of difficulties for NHS workers from overseas due to Brexit, and pandemic-induced staff burnout leading to early retirements or moves out of the health service.
Although organisations have been trying to reduce reliance on agency staff, temporary workers will remain an important part of the workforce. Recruiting from overseas has been helping with nursing shortages while at the more senior level, the NHS often turns to recruitment specialists to help with board level appointments. Retaining staff is also crucial – especially as recruitment from the rest of the EU becomes harder.
The winner of this award will have helped in one or more of these areas. They are likely to have provided a cost-effective service which helped NHS organisations with hard-to-fill gaps in its workforce, or to have provided a service which reduced the cost of using temporary staff. Judges will be looking for evidence of innovation, value for money service and of a deep understanding of the needs of the NHS organisations the winner has worked with.
- Entrants will be recruitment consultants, executive search providers and professional service firms
- Judges will be looking for evidence from a single client or multiple clients with testimonials to show best practice, good customer service, excellent care for the workforce and value for money
- Evidence should relate to services delivered in the past 2 years up until the awards entry deadline