Cost effectively flex staffing levels to meet surges in demand.
Sharp rises in demand due to winter pressures or other factors can impact heavily on NHS budgets, often forcing the use of off-framework agencies at a significantly increased cost.
Advance planning is essential to ensure safe staffing cover during these peaks without escalating rates.
With Additional Capacity Projects (ACP) we support the NHS to cover increased demand more cost-effectively by planning early. We build flexible resource pools of contingent staff (typically nurses), based on long term ‘block bookings’ and regular working patterns.
The model is framework-compliant and proven to provide a guaranteed volume of staff to temporarily boost capacity during peak levels of demand.
- Lower cost staffing cover guaranteed during peak periods
- Enhanced quality, continuity of care and teamworking
- Detailed reports and data insights to aid demand planning and cost control
With advance long-term bookings, more thorough onboarding can be arranged, incorporating trust or ward-based inductions and other specific training (e.g. infection control in green areas).
Continuity of care
Staff booked into regular shift patterns quickly build familiarity with established teams and procedures, embedding themselves more effectively into day-to-day operations.
“Medacs Healthcare has been proactive, responsive and really supportive in terms of setting up the whole service… we’ve just got a really good, open, honest relationship”.
Workforce and Education Director, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust