NHS to tackle skill shortages online

first_img Comments are closed. A nationwide NHS online recruitment scheme that aims to tackle skillsshortages and slash millions of pounds in costs is due to be rolled out duringthe course of 2004. It is hoped the project will create a ‘one-stop job shop’ for the NHS, whichwill attract a wider spectrum of applicants, more resource-efficientrecruitment and more comprehensive information on candidates. Under the £6m initiative, NHS employers using the service will have toaccount for money saved due to reduced temporary staffing, advertising andadministration costs. Any savings will then be reallocated within the local NHSorganisation. Organisers hope to make local savings of £24m a year. A pilot scheme is set to begin in November and will be evaluated in March2004. Following this, the service will be rolled out for use by NHS employersacross the country. The online service, which is being developed in conjunction with internetsupport consultancy Methods Application, will include job vacancies andinformation about NHS jobs and employers, online application forms and e-mailalerts for prospective candidates. Keith Johnston, HR policy adviser at the NHS Confederation, which representsthe NHS employers, welcomed the project as a significant step for the healthservice. “The facilities offered by the new service will help promote the NHS asthe employer of choice to potential applicants worldwide,” he said. The site will link to local NHS employer sites and make it possible torecruit for local vacancies through national advertising campaigns. The NHS is Europe’s biggest employer, with more than a million staff andrunning costs in excess of £50bn. It advertises more than 150,000 vacanciesevery year. Any NHS employer wishing to take part in the pilot scheme should contact [email protected] Michael Millar Related posts:No related photos. NHS to tackle skill shortages onlineOn 16 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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