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Crown Commercial Service framework for the supply of non-medical, non-clinical staff

Comensura was awarded a place on the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) framework for the supply of non-medical, non-clinical (NMNC) staff. The agreement provides access to temporary staff, interims and contractors in any white collar or blue collar role from the most junior to the most senior, including board level roles.

What is the CCS framework for the supply of non-medical, non-clinical (NMNC) staff?

Crown Commercial Service has established a framework agreement for the supply of non-medical non clinical (NMNC) temporary workers. The supply of temporary workers is available through 8 Lots.
This agreement was developed to:
  • Manage and mitigate the legal and commercial risks associated with engaging temporary staff.

  • Utilise and reflect the Agenda for Change pay rates.

  • Introduce a single point of contact for all requisitions, queries and interim personnel issues.

  • Deliver significant invoice management efficiencies through the introduction of consolidated invoicing.

  • Provide regular and detailed management information.

  • Reduce the administrative burden related to the engagement of interim personnel.

  • Improve the time taken to engage interim personnel.

  • Improve the quality, availability and performance of interim personnel.

What lots are available?

Lot 1 – Neutral Vendor Supply – Comensura is included in this lot.​
Lot 2 – Master Vendor Supply
Lots 3 to 8 – These lots are for the direct award or further competition of temporary workers from agencies awarded a place on the relevant lot according to their ability and competitiveness in supplying temporary workers within the job categories appropriate to each lot.
In all cases, the agreement is aimed at providing temporary resources. It is not designed for recruiting permanent, long-term employees.

What are the benefits of the CCS framework for the supply of non-medical, non-clinical (NMNC) staff?

  • A choice of pay rate - agreement based on the NHS Agenda for Change (AfC) pay rates and pay bands including provision for compliance with Agency Worker Regulations following 12 weeks of service.

  • A clear charge rate - straightforward rate card showing charge rates for both PAYE and limited company temporary workers based on the AfC pay rates.

  • Risk management - focus on managing the risks associated with engaging interim workers e.g. Agency Worker Regulations and stakeholder pensions and a regular audit to ensure compliance with NHS Employers Employment Check Standards.

  • Management Information - available on demand for all customers to detail reported spend.

  • No temp to perm charges - if you comply with the transfer fee rules.

  • Support - from the Crown Commercial Service customer team.


Why Lot 1 - neutral vendor?​​

A vendor neutral provider, like Comensura, doesn't supply agency staff directly to you but provides specialist contract management at a low cost and offers access to a wide and varied supplier network. This is likely to include your existing recruitment suppliers.
By providing visibility and control of spend, a neutral vendor provider overcomes the challenges of decentralised purchasing leading to a lack of central transparency and significant costs associated with demand, processing and compliance.

Why Comensura?

Comensura is the market leading provider of neutral vendor services to the public sector and have been successfully operating our services since 2001.
We deliver a competitively priced service with high levels of account management and support, when compared to other neutral vendor providers.
This includes:
  • 24/7 single point of contact for temporary labour bookings, either on-line or via our Customer Service Centre

  • c.net, our proprietary technology platform, manages the full requisition to pay process, inclusive of approval process, timesheeting and consolidated invoicing

  • Recruitment industry supply chain management experience and access to a wide range of recruitment suppliers

  • Account management support focused on ensuring recruitment suppliers meet your fulfilment, performance and service level requirements

  • Comprehensive management information reporting of usage and spend as well as intelligence to support better workforce planning

  • Auditing to maintain supplier and worker compliance reducing risks to your organisation

  • Effective demand management controls to ensure usage of staff is approved

  • Continuous improvement of our service to meet your organisation's objectives.

Management information from other government frameworks also shows that Comensura is able to deliver savings greater than any other approved supplier. Read our MSTAR Management Information October to December 2014.
If you would like to discuss your requirements, meet with one of our supply management experts or are seeking to directly call off with Comensura but want to know more about project timescales please contact us.



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