Healthcare and the increasing use of interim executives

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the NHS could not function without the use of agency staff. Staffing remains a divisive, public issue – just look at the ongoing debate over junior doctors’ contracts. Without bank and temp resources, the healthcare sector simply couldn’t function.

It’s not just in the wards and surgeries that agency employees are being used, of course. Many trusts are starting to use temporary help in non-clinical and back office functions, from operations to HR. However, some trusts are seeing a shift to something a little more consistent - the use of interim executives. These are typically managers or specialists on longer term assignments who have been brought in to fill a vacancy or oversee a programme/project.

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