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Permanent Recruitment Framework


The NHS Lancashire Procurement Cluster (LPC) is a collaborative procurement and supply chain service. They represent Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, East Lancashire NHS Trust and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Last year they wanted to recruit 4 new procurement managers to support their ambitious, strategic procurement agenda.

LPC struggled to fill these roles through their standard methods, which included NHS jobs. So, they decided to appoint a specialist agency as their recruitment business partner.

The solution

LPC used our Permanent Recruitment Solutions framework (RM6002) to help them find the right agency to meet their non-clinical recruitment needs.

The framework is also part of the Workforce Alliance suite of workforce support services for health HR and workforce functions.

Castlefield Recruitment was awarded directly due to their reputation for filling niche, hard to fill positions. They also offered LPC their premium service at a highly competitive price.

The results

Following a high profile recruitment campaign Castlefield Recruitment maintained their 100% success rate filling all 4 positions, as well as an extra 5th position:

  • 2 senior procurement managers
  • 3 procurement managers

In addition to the successful delivery of the project, LPC saved £25,000 by accessing the competitive rates available through the framework.

Mike Doyle, Deputy Director, NHS Lancashire Procurement Cluster commented:

“Castlefield Recruitment was highly methodical and consultative, providing a diverse and detailed shortlist with expert knowledge on each candidate, from which we appointed all roles first time round. They added huge value with a well-controlled aftercare service and smooth onboarding process which resulted in a 100% offer to acceptance rate.”

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