When it comes to finding your ideal partner to provide temporary staffing solutions, it shouldn’t be left to fate. Independent vendor neutral expert GRI is the ideal workforce solutions partner.

We understand that are many things to take into consideration before partnering with a workforce solutions specialist. Questions include; do they have shared values and an aligned vision, the ability to procure the very best temporary labour on your behalf for the best value, a track record of service commitment and how well are they regarded in the industry? In addition to this, with the recent introduction of the agency rate cap, can they support you in implementing the new changes demanded by the Department of Health and NHS Improvement?

We can call ourselves truly independent, because we are not an agency – and neither are we affiliated with/owned by a parent company that also owns any – but rather a ‘neutral vendor’, acting as an intermediary to match Trusts with a specially selected approved panel of recruitment agencies. As a solution focused on our clients’ needs, we have their best interests at heart – earning our fee from what we save Trust, not what we cost it.

In a marketplace where demand outstrips supply, some recruitment agencies have used this climate as an opportunity to maximise margins for skills that are in short supply. In extreme cases, nurses have been paid £2,200 for a single 12-hour shift – a staggering £183.33 an hour – with recruitment agencies charging as much as 49% profit margin. As a truly neutral vendor, we have no interest in maximising an agency’s margins. Our job is the exact opposite – we are paid on our ability to minimise those margins and increase client savings.

As an approved supplier under the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Multidisciplinary framework RM3711 and Non-Medical, Non-Clinical Framework RM971, our unique position enables Trusts to engage and manage their temporary workforce in a completely different way. We provide them with the cost efficiencies, controls and reporting capability demanded by the agency rate cap and have an extensive track record of making considerable cost savings for our clients and ensuring quality staff are always on shift.

Our web-based timesheet and invoice processing system, e-tips®, removes the need for paper records thereby reducing the burden and cost of administration, allowing clients to refocus their time and energy on other parts of their business. e-tips® improves compliance and produces a wealth of clear management information – a benefit which is becoming of ever greater importance with the agency rate cap requirement.

With our temporary staff spend under management in excess of £1billion pounds per annum; we have a significant presence in the market. This gives us the leverage required to reduce Trusts’ agency labour costs to a degree which would be difficult to achieve by acting alone. Client organisations who procure their temporary labour through us have saved up to 12% on agency costs – representing tens of millions of pounds across our client base.

In short, those who have people and budget management responsibilities in NHS organisations can turn to GRI, secure in the knowledge that we are already delivering for our client organisations what the Department of Health and NHS Improvement demand must be achieved in theirs.

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