Case Study – Proactive International Recruitment

Situation

HealthTrust Europe (HTE) worked closely with Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust to identify capable suppliers through Lot 1b (International Recruitment) of Total Workforce Solutions II (TWS II) to support the Trust’s programme to recruit a high volume of doctors. The pre-existing quality, assurance and value terms of the framework provided the Trust with a simple, free-to-access, compliant route to market, whilst HTE’s  extensive category expertise supported with supplier engagement in meeting tight turnaround timelines to support on-time delivery of the project.

Challenge 

As the UK’s largest NHS Hospital Trust, Manchester University NHSFT (MFT) must be strategic to avoid unnecessary locum use, especially when recruiting in the context of the current UK healthcare staffing crisis. The TWS II International Permanent Recruitment Framework is NHSE&I approved and provides access to a range of cross discipline and specialist suppliers to work in partnership with healthcare providers. Through this agreement, the Trust was able to select a partner for this project to deliver their requirements. The Trust engaged in a full workforce planning project, supported by the selected supplier (Remedium) and found a need to recruit permanent doctors en masse to meet future demand ahead of the doctor changeover in August. MFT then challenged the supplier to run a recruitment project to meet future demand, whilst adhering to the code of practice for international recruitment of health and social care personnel.

Solution

Utilising the TWS Framework, MFT gained access to valuable recruitment project support, including HTE’s expert category guidance and insight. HTE facilitated a procurement exercise to evaluate potential suppliers and identify the best value proposition. Following the supplier selection, we drafted a contract that included transparent pricing, quality benchmarks, with performance terms and conditions. To guarantee the success of the project, MFT received ongoing contract management support, ensuring that all parties involved adhered to the agreed-upon terms and objectives.

Remedium implemented a face-to-face international recruitment drive in Mumbai. By opting for a face-to-face project, MFT benefitted from the International presence provided by Remedium’s Mumbai office. They were able to mitigate many hiring risks by meeting candidates in person and ensured ethical recruitment practices by meeting the heads of department at Indian partner hospitals. This meant MFT better understood the motives and culture of their prospective candidates and was therefore able to provide a far more mutually aligned offer of employment.

The Result

The international recruitment sessions were extremely well received by candidates and 80 permanent doctors were recruited as a result of adopting this approach. MFT is extremely happy with the results and is already planning the next trip.

“Our international project with Remedium exceeded all expectations, we are delighted to welcome 80 doctors to MFT.”  

Samantha Stretch
Head of Medical and Dental Resourcing, MFT

 

“We have really enjoyed our visit to India. We have met a lot of very enthusiastic doctors who want to work in Manchester and especially in our organisation.”

Dr. Sujesh Bansal
Consultant Anaesthetist International
Fellowship Director and Director of Medical Education, MFT

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HealthTrust Europe Pledges Support for the Miscarriage Association Charity In 2023

HealthTrust Europe has announced that they will be supporting the Miscarriage Association in 2023. This commitment is part of their annual tradition of selecting a main charity to support through company-wide voting. Employees nominate charities, and the selected charity receives support and fundraising efforts for the next 12 months. The Miscarriage Association was the clear winner in the most recent vote. This partnership is particularly meaningful as the Miscarriage Association provides valuable support and resources for families experiencing the trauma of miscarriage. HealthTrust Europe’s decision to involve its employees in the decision-making process helps build engagement and support for the chosen cause.

The Miscarriage Association is a UK-based charity that provides support and information to people affected by pregnancy loss. The charity offers a range of services, including a helpline, online support groups, and one-to-one support for individuals and couples. They also work to improve research and training around miscarriage, and campaign for better support and care for those who experience pregnancy loss.

As part of their commitment to supporting the charity, HealthTrust Europe invited a representative from the Miscarriage Association, to talk to employees about their work. The talk was informative and thought-provoking, and helped to raise awareness about the issue of miscarriage and the importance of supporting those affected by it within the organisation.

Ruth Bender Atik, National Director of the Miscarriage Association, said:

“An estimated one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage – far more than most people think.  It can be a very shocking, distressing, and frightening experience and feelings of grief, loss, and anxiety are common. Miscarriage is often difficult to talk about, so those going through it often feel isolated and without the support and understanding they need. Health Trust Europe is helping us to help people.  The funds the team raises will go towards our support and information services.  Their open support for our work will raise public awareness of miscarriage and its impact and will point people to where they can find help.  Their conversations with family and friends will help open other conversations and make people feel less alone. We are so very grateful for their support.”

In addition to supporting the Miscarriage Association, HealthTrust Europe has also been actively involved in supporting other charitable causes. In 2022, the company raised over £10,000 for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital charity. The funds raised were used to support the hospital’s vital work in providing specialist care and treatment to sick children and their families.

Dale Robinson, HealthTrust Europe’s Chief Operating Officer said:

“Caring for human life is at the core of our mission at HealthTrust Europe, and we are honoured to announce that The Miscarriage Association has been chosen as our charity for 2023. The work they do to support those affected by pregnancy loss is truly remarkable, and our staff are deeply committed to supporting this cause. We look forward to engaging in various fundraising efforts throughout the year and hope to make a significant impact on the lives of those who have suffered such a profound loss.”

HealthTrust Europe’s decision to support the Miscarriage Association as their chosen charity for 2023 is a step in raising awareness about the issue of pregnancy loss and supporting those affected by it. HealthTrust Europe’s commitment to charitable causes is a testament to their values as an organisation. The company believes in making a positive impact in the communities they serve and supporting causes that are important to its employees and customers.

 

Empowering Women: Celebrating International Women’s Day with HealthTrust Europe

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, HealthTrust Europe is proud to acknowledge the achievements of women in healthcare and procurement.

Our workforce at HealthTrust Europe is gender balanced. We strive to support and empower women in healthcare and procurement, not just on International Women’s Day but every day. Our core value is to promote diversity and inclusion, recognizing that gender diversity is critical for creating an equitable and productive workplace where all employees feel valued and respected.

HealthTrust Europe is a learning organisation and one that recognises and embraces the talents of all. We strive to partner with our people to achieve fulfilment at work and mutual growth. Providing opportunities for women to advance in their careers is a priority for us and we are particularly proud that 50% of our people managers and Executive Board are female.

We demonstrate our passion for growth by offering a suite of impactful learning and education options, including experiential learning and on-the-job coaching, quality technical training, investment in education and professional qualifications, and access to quality self-directed learning. We firmly believe that when women prosper, so does our entire organisation.

While International Women’s Day is an opportunity to reflect on the progress made towards gender equality, we must also acknowledge that there is still much work to be done. Advocating for policies and practices that promote gender equity and support women in healthcare and procurement is vital. At HealthTrust Europe, we are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable workplace.

HealthTrust Europe also believes that supporting women’s health and wellbeing is crucial to creating an inclusive workplace and achieving gender equity. This is why we have developed a Women’s Health Toolkit that provides resources and information to help women make informed decisions about their health. The toolkit covers a range of topics, from reproductive health to mental health and menopause, and is available to all of our employees. We also understand that women’s health issues such as menopause can be a source of significant physical and emotional challenges for many women.

In addition to these initiatives, we are proud to support the Miscarriage Association as our charity of choice for 2023. Miscarriage is a deeply personal and often traumatic experience that affects many women and their families. By supporting this charity, we aim to raise awareness of the issue and provide support to those affected by miscarriage.

According to Hannah Barton, HR Director at HealthTrust Europe, “Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion is at the heart of everything we do at HealthTrust Europe. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we recognise the vital role that women play in healthcare and procurement and feel proud of our gender balance at all levels. We remain dedicated to providing opportunities for women (and men) to advance in their careers and regularly review resources and initiatives with the aim of creating a more comfortable, inclusive workplace where all can thrive.”

To find out more about careers with HealthTrust Europe please visit https://www.healthtrusteurope.com/who-we-are/careers/

HealthTrust Europe Raises Over £10,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity

HealthTrust Europe has raised £10,224.05 for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity through various fundraising activities, including a dragon boat race in which the HealthTrust Europe team were silver medallists. The race was organised to raise funds and awareness for the charity, and it brought the company’s employees together to train and compete in the event.

HealthTrust Europe also organised a series of other activities such as raffles, bake sales, pumpkin carving, and dress-down days. These events helped engage employees in the fundraising efforts and raise a significant amount of money for the charity. The funds will go towards supporting the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, which provides vital care and treatment to children from across the region.

Dearbhla Craddock, Senior Corporate Partnerships Officer at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said:

“The support HealthTrust Europe has shown for us over the past 12 months has blown us away and we can’t thank them enough.

“Their consistent and dedicated fundraising, including their stellar efforts at our Dragon Boat Race has seen them raise over £10,000 – an awe-inspiring amount which will go on to help us create better experiences for countless sick kids, through the improvement of our hospital environment and helping to fund new equipment and research. Thank you all so much.”

Dale Robinson, HealthTrust Europe’s Chief Operating Officer, said:

“At HealthTrust Europe, we believe in making a positive impact within our local communities and we’re honoured to contribute to the health and well-being of children and families in Birmingham.”

HealthTrust Europe is committed to making a positive impact in the communities it serves and believes that giving back to society is an important part of its mission and values. The company plans to continue to support charitable causes in 2023, and will shortly announce their chosen charity for focusing on this year.

HealthTrust Europe shortlisted as a finalist for the HSJ Partnership Awards 2023

HealthTrust Europe is delighted to announce that ‘The Upscaling of Digital Pathology Capabilities’ partnership with PathLAKE Plus and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust has been shortlisted for ‘Procurement Project of the Year’ at the HSJ Partnership Awards 2023, recognising their outstanding dedication to improving healthcare and effective collaboration with the NHS.

The national healthcare sector has faced many pressures recently, yet the dedication of this partnership in overcoming complex challenges highlights the enduring dedication to improving patient outcomes.

The outcome of the project partnership is to deliver digital pathology, AI capabilities and laboratory interoperability as part of the OLS Digital Pathology and imaging AI Scale Up Programme across a consortium of 19 NHS Trusts, and to share best practice across the NHS on the upscaling of digital pathology capabilities, leading to improved patient outcomes in pathways such as reducing cancer diagnostic waiting times. The existing procurement route was fragmented and challenging. HealthTrust Europe created an innovative compliant framework employing various creative approaches to a complex and clinically lead procurement process.

Being shortlisted for a HSJ Partnership Award has given our partnership teams acknowledgement for the outstanding work that has, and continues to deliver lifesaving patient outcomes that is nationally reproducible and the team’s efforts and continued work is recognised.

The HSJ Partnership Awards recognise and honour the most effective partnerships, innovative projects and collaborations in the UK health system. The prestigious award programme, now in its sixth year, is not just a celebration of success stories but also a platform to shape the future of our new integrated health and care system.

The judging panel comprised a diverse range of highly regarded figures across the NHS and wider healthcare sector. To be shortlisted as a finalist for these awards, despite tough competition from a pool of brilliant applications, is a mark of real achievement for HealthTrust Europe. The project ‘Upscaling of Digital Pathology Capabilities’ partnership has been selected based on their diligence, ambition, and the positive impact that the project has had on both practitioners and patients within the health care system, and is an example of how HealthTrust Europe creates partnerships across the health and care system.

Dale Robinson, HealthTrust Europe’s COO, said:

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Procurement Project of the Year, recognising the collaborative efforts and dedication of our team to successfully implement ‘The Upscaling of Digital Pathology Capabilities’. We are committed to delivering improved outcomes for patients, and to be chosen among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement.  This nomination has been a tremendous boost to both to our team and our NHS partners at PathLAKE Plus and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and I am sure it will bolster our continued efforts to support the NHS delivery of improved care for patients.”

Dr David Clark, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust’s Clinical Lead for Digital Pathology Implementation, said:

“None of this would have happened without the support of the PathLAKE Plus project funded by Innovate UK and the procurement run by HealthTrust Europe”

Representative for the Department of Health & Social Care, said:

“DHSC are delighted that HealthTrust Europe are being nominated for the Procurement Project of the Year Award in their efforts to scale-up digital pathology services for the NHS as part of the PathLAKE Plus project, as we recognise that better procurement not only provides essential cost savings for a key public sector organisation but also provides better value for money.

Technology is a force for good in our fight against deadly diseases – it can transform and save lives through faster diagnosis, free up clinicians to spend time with their patients and make every pound in the NHS go further.”

Steve Blunden, Cellular and Anatomical Pathology Operations Manager at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, said:

“…It is without doubt that working with PathLAKE Plus and Health Trust Europe has greatly improved our understanding of what is needed in order to procure and implement Digital Pathology across the South West Peninsula. HealthTrust Europe guided us through the procurement process…. using lessons they had learnt supporting other partners…”

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan said:

“We would like to congratulate HealthTrust Europe on being nominated in the category of Procurement Project of the Year ahead of HSJ Partnership Awards 2023. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the ceremony in March, to join us in recognising the very best collaborations and innovations in the healthcare sector. This year’s finalists are of an outstanding calibre and all of them are exceptionally dedicated to enhancing healthcare across the UK.”

The winners will be selected following a rigorous judging stage ahead of the HSJ Partnership Awards 2023 awards ceremony. The awards evening is expected to be attended by national healthcare leaders and professionals from both the NHS and private sector as well as figures from non-clinical backgrounds to celebrate innovation and collaboration in healthcare.

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Catalog360 awarded as a supplier to UK Government G-Cloud 13 Framework

Catalog360 – a subsidiary of leading procurement company HealthTrust Europe – have been named as a supplier on Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) G-Cloud 13 framework. Catalog360 is an awarded supplier for services under Lot 2 Cloud Software (SaaS) – applications which are accessed over the internet and hosted in the cloud.

G-Cloud 13 is live on the Government’s new Public Procurement Gateway (PPG) digital contract and award service from 9th November 2022. UK government departments and other public sector bodies registered to use the PPG service will be able to access and purchase Catalog360’s innovative cloud-based e-Procurement tool which offers advanced catalogue searching whilst giving users full control on spending across all business units and locations.

Catalog360 connects organisations to the supplier community, radically streamlining the procurement process using a combination of e-Procurement tools that give full control of spending across all business areas and locations. Catalog360 provides the tools to enable customers to manage assets with confidence. Reports and dashboards within the platform enable users to view their total spend at a click of a button, empowering effective decision making, maximising efficiency and keeping costs in check.

The G-Cloud 13 Framework supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. It offers solutions that can be utilised by organisations across the public sector, including – but not limited to – the NHS, government agencies and departments. CCS supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. In 2020/21, CCS helped the public sector to achieve commercial benefits equal to £2.04bn – supporting world-class public services that offer best value for taxpayers.

Chief Operating Officer, Dale Robinson, said:
“We are delighted that Catalog360 has been included in the UK Government Crown Commercial G-Cloud 13 initiative. We look forward to working together with Public sector organisations accessing this framework to help them respond to improve spend controls, embed organisational governance and to realise savings.
“Catalog360 is designed to deliver the greatest cost-savings to organisations, without ever compromising on quality. In the current economic climate, this is vitally important as we seek to maximise efficiencies in the public sector whilst continuing to deliver exceptional services.”

If you would like to learn more about Catalog360, please contact our dedicated Customer Care team via 0845 887 5000 or customercare@htepg.com. You can also find out more on the Catalog360 website.

HealthTrust Europe Welcomes Summer 2022 Interns

Students from two local Birmingham universities will be spending their summer at HealthTrust Europe (HTE), gaining valuable work experience to support their entry into the workplace following graduation. The five internships are based at HTE’s headquarters in Edgbaston and are across a range of business disciplines including Financial Analytics, Human Resources and Strategic Sourcing. The students have been allocated roles aligned to their professional interests.

Hannah Barton, HR Director said:

As part of our commitment to developing employees of the future, we are excited to welcome our latest group of interns. We have developed a comprehensive, and appropriately tailored programme to make this a positive and valuable experience.

Our colleagues have a wealth of experience that they are keen to share with our interns. Our supportive and inclusive culture will ensure they feel comfortable to ask questions which will help them to learn and gain experience.”

HTE provides Value Based Procurement Solutions predominantly across the healthcare sector to manage spend effectively and improve performance. The organisation works with both public and private sector organisations to optimise the use of products and services and to identify cost saving opportunities.

As well as gaining sector specific knowledge and learning to use specialist business systems such as Salesforce, our interns are also developing essential “soft” skills such as teamwork, problem solving and communication.

Amidst a tough graduate labour market, the internships are paid at the national living wage and are designed to equip students with the skills needed to enter the workplace feeling confident and prepared.

Kate Farr, Employee Liaison Officer at the University of Birmingham; said:

“We really value the opportunities that HTE has provided our students. The HR team at HTE have been committed to working closely with the University to develop an understanding of what the student population is looking for, and as a result, has created real and valuable opportunities for local students to develop their skills, knowledge and experience. I look forward to continuing our relationship with HTE long into the future!”

HealthTrust Europe Partners with Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust to Support Integrated Care

HealthTrust Europe (HTE) is pleased to announce its formal partnership with Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust (MSENHSFT) following an extensive tender process undertaken throughout 2021. 

The partnership will see HTE brought on board as MSENHSFT’s Commercial Procurement Partner, providing additional expertise as the Trust seeks to establish itself as a leading provider within the Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System (ICS). 

The Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is a fully established, merged organisation, one of the largest acute providers of healthcare in the NHS, providing services to over 1.2 million residents in Mid and South Essex – this partnership will support the Trust as it further focuses on improving the experiences and health outcomes of patients using healthcare services. 

As part of a global organisation that is both a healthcare provider and procurement solutions partner, HTE is led by the core mission to improve care and human life. HTE works with its partners to deliver value whilst maintaining clinical and procurement standards and technology solutions. HTE brings 11-years of extensive experience working with the NHS to improve patient outcomes and streamline operations to the MSENHSFT partnership.  

HTE’s wide portfolio of market-leading and policy compliant Frameworks will enable MSENHSFT to provide services and solutions to many public sector entities as the ambitions of integrated care are realised. By partnering with HTE, MSENHSFT will be better equipped to deliver new ‘extended’ services, particularly focused on data, technology and systems in a joined-up manner to ensure the continued transition to integrated care.  

The partnership’s foundation will be built upon shared goals, mutual understanding, trust and governance. HTE will operate as an extension of the MSENHSFT team providing additional resource, expertise and capacity that is aligned to strategic goals and will deliver value and efficiencies that further enhance health and care services to the local population in a predictable and sustainable model. Longer term benefits include the transfer of knowledge and skills to create space for innovation and growth of the Trust. 

Dale Robinson, HealthTrust Europe’s COO, said:

“HealthTrust Europe’s partnership with Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is a significant milestone for us. As a company, we are committed to supporting the joining up of health and care as part of the ICS agenda, and this partnership allows us to bring our knowledge and experience in procurement services to Mid and South Essex to improve health and care for the patients across the area.

We are excited to begin working with the team at the Trust to deliver better outcomes for patients.”

Jonathan Dunk Chief Commercial Officer at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust said:

“I am delighted to be entering in a Partnership with HTE which will enhance our expertise and procurement function to deliver value for our patients through evidence-based health and care solutions that will ultimately benefit the Trust and our population.” 

HTE is pleased to support the new partnership with MSENHSFT and represents HTE’s ongoing commitment to supporting the NHS to ensure the successful transformation of health and care services across the system.