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The NHS is increasing its use of specialist healthcare contractors with professionals reporting shrinking gaps between assignments, according to giant group.

The specialist service provider’s latest analysis of its contractor database found that almost all healthcare contractors had experienced a drop in time between assignments. The vast majority reported an average gap of 0-31 days between contracts, a significant reduction from figures recorded in 2014.

Matthew Brown, managing director of giant group, comments:

“We’re not surprised at the rising demand for healthcare contractors as it reflects the pressure being placed on the NHS to become more efficient. These experts are being brought into a range of fields, such as HR, IT, finance and operational design, to find ways to cut costs and to improve systems that have become outdated or overcomplicated. They’re not here to simply make up the numbers, these are highly talented, multi-skilled people whose services are absolutely vital if we’re serious about improving the NHS.”

“The majority are operating in NHS hospitals, but we’re also finding specialist contractors being sought after by clinical commissioning groups, (CCGs) which oversee local health services across the country. Recent reports have suggested that the health service’s costs continue to spiral out of control and taking on experts who can cut expenditure while still maintaining exceptionally high standards is one way of driving improved efficiency. While some commentators may be concerned about the cost of taking on contractors, the long-term improvements they can deliver mean that they should be seen as an investment, rather than a cost”

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