On 16 September 2019 new agency rules were enacted that required trusts to use only substantive or bank workers to fill admin and estates shifts, with trusts allowed to request an exemption under certain conditions.
However, we know that more estates and facilities staff, particularly cleaners, porters and security staff, are required to help the NHS respond to COVID-19. As set out in our letter of 17 March 2020opens in a new window, we will remove burdens that could hamper your efforts. Therefore, for the rest of the COVID-19 response, trusts will no longer need to request an exemption for any estates and facilities agency workers.
We ask that trusts simply inform us (retrospectively if needed) of their plans and we will record this information. Please ensure your temporary staffing managers work with the agency framework operators who can advise on the appropriate agencies to approach for supply.