Report for NHS Professionals
This literature review focuses on flexible resourcing of nursing staff in the National Health Service (NHS) through the three main types of temporary nursing staff; bank nurses, agency nurses and nurses provided through NHS Professionals. It also examines flexible working arrangements for permanent nurses within the NHS.
The report considers:
- the levels and trends in the use of bank and agency nurses and nurses provided through NHS Professionals and the levels and trends in flexible working arrangements for substantive staff
- the profile of the temporary nursing workforce and the profile of permanent staff with flexible working arrangements
- the costs and benefits of using bank and agency nurses and flexible contracts
- the impact of bank and agency and flexible working arrangements on patient safety and patient care
- how an effective balance is determined between the use of the substantive and temporary nursing workforce
- potential areas for new primary research in order to address current knowledge gaps.
The report has been archived by NHS Professionals and is no longer available