When is Direct Engagement not Direct Engagement?

We started offering the concept of direct engagement into the NHS back in 2011.  Our definition at that time remains the same today, and we remain confident our version (which has been thoroughly checked by HMRC) to be ‘trust employment’ – ‘the process of NHS organisations facilitating direct fixed term contracts with workers introduced by agencies’.

Unfortunately, there is misinformation and confusion in the market.  Unlike some other providers in the market, our version of direct engagement does not treat locum workers as being supplied as a ‘medical service’. This approach does not reflect our definition of direct engagement as trusts would not be contracting with their workers directly. We have been asked by trusts to consider adopting this approach but have remained firm in our own professional interpretation of direct engagement.  Our approach is to extend employment from the NHS bank to agency workers. Read more…


 Read some more on how other trusts have worked with us: 

Manchester University Case StudyPrincess Alexandra Case Study

NHS Shetland Case StudyNorthern Devon Case Study