Locum / Agency Staff

Request:
What is the Trust agency spend:
Response:
Please see the below links for agency spend by job type and by department since 2013/14.

The information is not held in a reportable format for department and job type cross-reference.

Request:
What agency suppliers are supplying staff to the trust?
Response:
The Trust principally uses NHS Professionals and agencies on the CCS, NOECPC or HTE framework.

Request:
Could I have a breakdown of the hourly charge rate for non-clinical. nursing and medical staff?
Response:
The information is held by the Trust.

The information requested is exempt from disclosure under section 43 – commercial interests – of the Freedom of Information Act. Section 43 states:

43.–(2)  Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to prejudice the commercial Interests of any person. (A person may be an individual, a company, the public authority itself or any other legal entity.)

Agency staff is a competitive market where the service is relatively consistent e.g. a band 5 nurse. Competition is therefore based predominantly on price. The disclosure of the hourly charge rate would be likely to have an adverse impact on the Trusts ability to negotiate best value therefore prejudicing the commercial interests of the Trust in negotiating future agency staff costs.