Case Study: Berkshire Healthcare NHS
By Gemma Raw
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust is a long and established client of Sanctuary Health. Over the past 6 years, Sanctuary Health has been quick to identify hard-working highly qualified healthcare professionals, often at short notice, for the Trust.
Since February 2013, Sanctuary Health has been engaged with the Trust as a preferred supplier on the CPP framework. Being a foundation trust, they required candidates within a broad variety of healthcare disciplines. Most of the roles they needed to fill were within the ‘no high cost’ NHS cap area, which meant they were competing with other employers offering higher rates of pay.
We knew we had to work extra hard to identify suitable candidates; those who we knew would enjoy working at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust. Our consultants went to great lengths to understand the benefits of working in each locality and were able to translate the benefits back to candidates.
Immediately, we were able to assist the Trust with block-booking based vacancies within community settings, which helped relieve some of the frontline pressures.
Sanctuary Health worked closely with the Trust to overcome the challenges that they were facing. To this day, this involves regular review meetings to share information on the market.
Having recruited over 70 candidates, the Trust is confident in our ability to offer innovative resourcing solutions to help build a more resilient workforce. So much so that it has invited Sanctuary Health to assist with its permanent recruitment.
One of the many benefits of supporting clients over several years is that we get to see candidates develop their careers and progress into management.
Team Manager in Berkshire Adolescent Service CMHT, Seb Byrne, who was once a candidate and is now a client at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust, says:
“I have been using the Sanctuary team for over 10 years now, as a candidate and now a client. They always find me suitable hard-working staff at very short notice. Sanctuary have proved their worth over time as an excellent provider that has caused me to feel reassured when agency workers are represented by them. The team work hard to bring in a wide range of talented locum healthcare professionals to provide short- and long-term solutions dependent upon the roles that need to be filled.”