NHS Boards use supplementary staff to temporarily fill vacant posts, to cover sickness absence and maternity/paternity or annual leave, and to provide additional temporary capacity. Bank staff are NHS employees while agency staff are employed by private companies.
Spend on nursing and midwifery bank staff are available through the paybill extract from SWISS. Nursing and midwifery agency spend are reported by NHS Boards by a survey. Nursing bank and agency spend was first collected for financial year 2008/09.
The survey collects the following aggregated information for the previous financial year from NHS Boards for nursing and midwifery agency staff:
What data are published
The nursing agency staff spend and hours worked are updated annually in June release of the NHSScotland Workforce official statistics publication for the previous financial year. Data are reported by NHS Board. The average whole time equivalent is calculated by dividing the total hours worked by 37.5 * 52 (total contracted hours for a year).
To provide registered nurse agency services in Scotland you must be registered with the Care Inspectorate.
A number of steps are in place to ensure that these data are reported accurately.
The above quality assurance processes results in accurate information being released as part of the NHSScotland Workforce official statistics publication. Therefore it is unlikely that any significant issues with the data quality would arise after publication. In the event that we are made of any major data inaccuracies we will update any outputs under a revision.
The data provided are at a high level and it is not possible to identify spend by other variables, for example AfC Band.