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NHS Professionals

Volume 454: debated on Monday 11 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget for NHS Professionals was in each of the last five years for which records are available. (103951)

NHS Professionals’ central budget allocations from the Department since its inception as a special health authority in 2004 were:

ÂŁ million

2004-05

31.5

2005-06

23

2006-07

19

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what efficiency measures are in place within NHS Professionals to ensure a quick and simple process. (103953)

NHS Professionals has now centralised its recruitment teams under a national head of recruitment. It has also implemented a bespoke recruitment administration system that is now delivering efficiencies, and reduced the average length of processing time because of faster links between recruitment, interview and training teams.

The new recruitment system has enabled NHS Professionals to link its recruitment activity directly to both its national booking system and will, in time, link directly to the national electronic staff records service.

The process complies with all employment legislation in the NHS, provides a genuine audit trail for all flexible workers joining NHS Professionals and helps ensure that trusts have people with appropriate skills and competencies working through NHS Professionals.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints were received regarding NHS Professionals in each of the last five years for which records are available. (103954)

The number of complaints received, regarding recruitment issues, since records were kept are as follows:

Number

January 2005 to March 2005

23

April 2005 to March 2006

131

April 2006 to November 2006

41