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Public Sector recruitment specialists Maxxima Group have been awarded Master Vendor status for the supply of temporary Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) and Health Science Service (HSS) staff to NHS organisations throughout the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire (AGW) NHS region.
The contract will run until July 2010 and means that, for the first time, hospitals in the region will have one point of contact for all temporary recruitment across 28 different professions.
The Maxxima Collaborative is comprised of two specialist suppliers, Labmed Recruitment supplying all AHP and HSS professions with the exception of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy which will be filled by Piers Meadows Recruitment, a specialist in that field. The partnership was created in December 2006 in order to provide the NHS with a robust Vendor Managed Solution able to provide large scale cost savings whilst still retaining the expert knowledge and attention to detail associated with more specialist agencies in the market.
There are also likely to be substantial cost savings as a result of Maxxima’s appointment, with the Master Vendor exercising far greater control of temporary staffing expenditure whilst working with the Trusts involved to reduce their dependency on locum cover in the long term.
AGW SMC Senior Purchasing Specialist Sue Whitehead said “One of the biggest problems we faced was that there were so many different agencies being used and every one of them was charging a different rate. By appointing a Master Vendor, we simplify the whole process and ensure that one company has total responsibility for candidate screening and recruitment.”
Maxxima Contracts Manager Neil Webb is justifiably proud of his company’s achievement; “Being awarded Master Vendor status for the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire region is a great honour and further vindicates the model that we have developed. We have been extremely pleased with the take-up in our contracts in Yorkshire & the Humber and East Midlands and are looking to build upon that success in partnership with AGW.”
The organisations forming the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Supply Management Confederation are:
1. Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
2. Bath and North East Somerset PCT
3. Bristol PCT
4. Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
5. Gloucestershire Partnership NHS Trust
6. Gloucestershire PCT
7. Great Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust
8. North Bristol NHS Trust
9. North Somerset PCT
10. Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust
11. South Gloucestershire PCT
12. Swindon and Marlborough NHS Trust
13. Swindon PCT
14. The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS Foundation Trust
15. United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust
16. Weston Area Health NHS Trust
17. Wiltshire PCT
The contract will operate under the terms of the current NHS PASA National Framework agreement, with a number of additional conditions of contract pertinent to the AGW Region. For more information please contact Neil Webb, Maxxima Contract Manager on 07900 956136 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org