With stagnant numbers of new trainees, increasing demand for healthcare from our ageing population, more native healthcare workers leaving the NHS and spiralling locum costs it is a sad fact that the NHS is struggling to cope with recruitment and staff shortages. Having met with NHS leaders across the board and from all areas of the UK, it is clear that, there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution particularly with varying local demographics, geographical factors and demand profiles. Broadly speaking the problem is that the pool of healthcare workers in the UK simply isn’t big enough. Along with this, the one consistency throughout is that locum usage is not a long term or cost-effective solution to recruitment.
There are numerous solutions to staffing and recruitment problems like preventative measures to improve the health of the country, staff retention methods, increasing the numbers of trainees etc. That said, most of these things are out of the control of the managers and clinicians who actually run NHS services on a day-to-day basis. Our solution is quite simple. BDI Resourcing attract, educate and relocate international doctors to actively increase the pool of registered and UK based doctors and nurses. We work closely with our NHS clients to offer a bespoke solution and ensure that individual requirements and demand profiles are fulfilled to offer cost effective and long-term sustainable staffing solutions.