CCS released an update in November, advising of a delay to HSR RM3833 until the New Year (2019). CCS released a further statement in February 2019 announcingthe collaboration between CCS and NHS Procurement in Partnership. The Crown Commercial Service multidisciplinary framework agreement expires on the 31st August 2019.
The replacement 'Workforce Management' agreement was released in February and closed on the 29th March 2019. CCS have stated the Non Clinical Non Medical re-tender will be next, estimated to be released in April 2019. The market is still waiting for the nursing, locum doctors and allied health professionals tender. Many suppliers are desperate for a chance to supply to the NHS and await the release of the tender.
However, now the CCS and the NHS are working in partnership the question remains, how many NHS staffing frameworks will there be in the future? Will the new collaboration result in one less temporary staffing framework?