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Locum Doctors Framework

Comensura has been awarded a place on Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Framework Agreement (RM1570) for Locum Doctors (including Locum GP’s). Comensura’s place in Lot 1 is for the provision of neutral vendor managed service for temporary and fixed term locum doctors (including locum GPs). 

What is the Locum Doctors (including Locum GP’s) framework?

The framework provides for the supply of locum doctors, covering the full range of grades and specialities of hospital doctors including accident and emergency, anaesthetics, dental, general medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, pathology, psychiatry, radiology, surgical as well as general practitioners (GPs). The framework is designed principally for the NHS, but is accessible by all central government departments and wider public sector organisations.

By opting into the framework, organisations benefit from cost and process efficiencies because they harness the collective buying power of the National Health Service and reduce the time to purchase managed temporary agency resourcing services. 

This framework, which was released on 1st July 2013 replaces the Medical Locums Framework. Previsouly named Government Procurement Service (GPS), the Crown Commercial Service brought together in 2014 - as one organisation - GPS, the commercial function of the Cabinet Office, and common goods and services procurement and commercial management currently undertaken by departments.

If you’re considering calling off directly from this framework please view the questions below.

What lots are available?

There are three lots in the Locum Doctors (including Locum GP’s) framework

  • Lot 1 – Neutral Vendor Managed Service Provision of temporary and fixed term locum doctors (including locum GPs) – Comensura is included in this lot.

  • Lot 2 – Managed Service Provision of temporary locum doctors (including locum GPs) – 32 suppliers have been appointed to this lot.

  • Lot 3 – Managed Service Provision of temporary fixed term locum doctors (including locum GPs) – 24 suppliers have been appointed to this lot.

What are the benefits of the GPS Locum Doctors (including Locum GP’s) framework?

GPS is playing a vital role in helping to protect front line services by delivering significant and sustainable cost savings through its aggregated commercial framework agreements.

 Using this framework has a number of benefits, which include:

  • Savings for the public sector and ultimately the taxpayer - by aggregating spend to drive best value

  • Full EU compliance - the framework is fully compliant, saving customers the time and money associated with conducting their own procurement exercise.

  • Competitive deals - through the competitive tender process and regular benchmarking, GPS ensures customers have access to the most competitive deals.

  • Access to best in class suppliers – throughout the tender process, suppliers in all lots have been carefully evaluated and pre-agreed terms and conditions offer customers sound contractual safeguards

  • Reduced time to buy - direct call off with a provider can happen without the need for lengthy procurement exercises

To find out more about the Locum Doctors( including Locum GP’s framework)​.

Why Lot 1 - vendor neutral?​​

A vendor neutral provider, like Comensura, doesn't supply locum doctors 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 vendor neutral 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 vendor neutral 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 vendor neutral providers. This includes:

  • 24/7 single point of contact for locum doctor 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 locum doctor 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 locum doctor compliance reducing risks to your organisation

  • Effective demand management controls to ensure usage of locum doctors 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 July to September 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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“Comensura has successfully engaged with all our suppliers and secured sign up to the new model. Since go live, we have seen improvements in our reporting abilities and achieved reductions in hourly charge rates resulting in financial cost savings.”

Julie Sutcliffe, Medical Workforce Manager, Leeds Teaching Hospitals


“Since going live with Comensura we are attracting locums from a broader range of agencies, receive significantly improved management information and have achieved financial savings.”

Polly McMeekin, Deputy Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust.




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