MOD launches new digital recruitment platform for healthcare assignments

Dec Connolly Editor

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HCRG (Health Care Resourcing Group) has launched a pioneering Staff Bank platform for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) designed in collaboration with healthcare staffing specialists, Patchwork Health.

This first of its kind solution for the MoD has seen the roll-out of a new digital Staff Bank, through which compliant Flexible Workers will be able to gain priority access to assignments across the UK and Overseas as they become available, supporting the MoD’s requirements.

The contract awarded to HCRG is for a managed Flexible Healthcare Resourcing (Staff Bank) platform utilised for the assignment of temporary Doctors, Nurses, Dental Professionals and Allied Health Professionals. These Flexible Workers will provide support to the permanent military and civilian workforce, predominantly in the provision of primary, but also secondary, healthcare and dental and mental health services.

Assignments will be available in UK and Overseas tri-service military locations offering a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals to practice their skill base in a variety of primary and secondary healthcare, dental and mental health service settings.

Gezz van Zwanenberg, COO at HCRG comments:

“Our teams have worked previously as master vendor supplier of healthcare staff to the MOD for a number of years historically, so it’s an honour for HCRG to have now been chosen to provide the organisation with their flexible healthcare resource.”

The technology for the Staff Bank has been built by healthtech experts Patchwork, who hold a number of collaborative banks for NHS Trusts throughout the UK. Patchwork’s technology will be used to allow members of the Staff Bank to accept assignments instantly through an innovative app designed by and for healthcare professionals. The app, tailored for this exclusive Staff Bank, has been designed to provide a more efficient assignment process and ensure every Flexible Worker is fully compliant.

Dr Anas Nader, CEO and co-founder of Patchwork Health, comments:

“Digital staff banks are the future of temporary healthcare provision. They offer a dynamic, reliable and safe way of ensuring healthcare settings have the clinicians they need, when they need them. Crucially, this system not only drives up safe worker levels, but also makes the experience better for the individual worker, meaning the entire system benefits. We’re delighted to be partnering with HCRG to deliver this critical project to the MOD.”

Russell Pidducci, Account Director at HCRG explains:

“This new Staff Bank offers flexible opportunities that will interest a wide range of healthcare professionals. The technology makes it incredibly easy to view and book assignments, ranging from single day opportunities to longer term assignments lasting a few months. Whereas previously healthcare professionals may have been waiting on the call from locum agencies, we’re now providing instant, priority access to assignments as they go live via the app, allowing for professionals to self-book assignments 24/7.”

Whilst the Staff Bank welcomes applications from all healthcare professionals, including those with previous locum or permanent MoD experience, it should be noted that current permanent MOD Military and MOD Civil Servants cannot join the FHR (Staff Bank).

If you would like to find out more about the Staff Bank, including a comprehensive list of roles the Staff Bank offers for assignments, visit www.hcrgmanagedstaffbank.co.uk or contact the HCRG Staff Bank team on 02380 987619 or FHRBankSupport@hcrg.uk.com.