de Poel (now trading as GRI) chosen to support Bristol, Weston, Bath and North Somerset NHS Partnership Agency Project.

The Bristol, Weston and Bath NHS Partnership Project (referred to as BNSSG) has appointed recruitment outsourcing specialist, GRI in the UK to manage the supply of its non-permanent nursing and care staff.

The partnership project encompasses four acute trusts and two community organisations: University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, North Bristol NHS Trust, Weston Area Health NHS Trust, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation, Bristol Community Health CIC and North Somerset Community Partnership.

GRI is the leading independent expert in managing and engaging non-permanent workforces for organisations seeking to reduce the costs of recruitment agency fees, whilst driving up standards.

Managing a total recruitment spend of £1billion pounds for over 150 clients (including NHS and private sector health providers), GRI negotiates better commercial terms and creates savings which can then be channelled back into patient care. The company was recently awarded an inaugural HSJ partnership award for “Best Procurement Support/Service” for its achievements.

GRI will work in partnership with BNSSG, alongside a panel of selected recruitment agencies – with no agency bookings made outside of this arrangement.  Roles to be filled will include general and specialist nursing including theatre, mental health, children’s and prison nursing as well as community roles in both central and rural locations.

Andrew Preston, Chief Executive Officer commented:

“We are delighted to be working with this innovative NHS partnership to deliver fairer commercial terms on the cost of hiring non-permanent staffing and deliver the rate cap across the region – which in turn will drive significant savings and ensure that budgets can go further on patient needs elsewhere. With an increasing number of recruitment agencies willing to temper their fees and do their part to keep costs down for the NHS, we always welcome applications from agencies interested in joining our panels.”

Peter Russell, Head of Resourcing at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, speaking on behalf of the BNSSG partnership, added:

“When temporary staff are required, GRI offers a simple and effective solution to ensure that partner agencies focus on delivering quality candidates rather than charging a premium to provide nursing staff.”

To find out more about our work with the Bristol, Weston and Bath NHS Partnership Project and the opportunities to supply, please contact us at

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