What we've found
- the NHS has saved up to £300 million
- the average price paid for a nursing shift has dropped by 10% - this adjusts for changes in demand for nurses of different levels of expertise and different timing of shifts
Why the measures have been brought in
Reducing the amount of money hospitals spend on agency staff is a key part of helping trusts to deliver the provider task to 2020.
Our agency controls help to reduce the amount of money spent on agency workers and to encourage staff back into full-time or bank roles within the NHS.
Importantly, they allow for trusts to breach the capped rates for individual agency shifts where there are patient safety issues. Any breaches of the cap are reported to us.