FOI 2019 Agency Rules

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 
It is about the compliance with the agency pay rules. The NHS Improvement document ‘Agency Rules, March 2016’ contains all definitions of phrases used in this FOI (see Annex 1).

 
The FOI seeks information for the period July 1st 2016 to September 30th 2016.
For clarity, Questions 1 – 4 apply to the agency price caps set by NHS Improvement. 
1.       How many shifts have over-ridden the price caps on total hourly charge paid to an agency for i) core hours ii) unsocial hours, as set out in Annex 2 of the above document for
a)      Consultants
b)      ST3 Registrars
c)       FY2 doctors
d)      Staff grade doctors
Total over–riding of the price caps for the period July 1st 2016 – September 30th 2016 were as follows:

  1. 176 shifts out of 388(45.3%) were over the price cap for core hours
  2. 95 shifts out of 388 (24.4%) were over the price cap for unsocial hoursThe Trust is unable to provide a breakdown on the grade of doctor.

2.       What was the i) average and ii) maximum hourly rate paid during core hours for:
a)      Consultants – average and maximum was £85

b)      ST3 Registrars – average £55 and maximum was £68.11

c)       FY2 doctors – average £43 and maximum was £55.19

d)      Staff grade doctors – average £59 and maximum was £69.06

Please note that the Trust is unable to provide a breakdown report of core as opposed to unsocial hours so the above figures apply to both.

 3.       What was the i) average and ii) maximum hourly rate paid during unsocial hours for:
a)      Consultants – average and maximum was £85
b)      ST3 Registrars – average £55 and maximum was £68.11
c)       FY2 doctors – average £43 and maximum was £55.19
d)      Staff grade doctors – average £59 and maximum was £69.06

 Please note that the Trust is unable to provide a breakdown report of unsocial as opposed to core hours so the above figures apply to both.

 4.       What is the total amount (£) the Trust spent between July 1st and Sept 30th on paying staff above the rate cap?  £142,559.52 – It should be noted that the reporting mechanism only came into play from August 1st.  Therefore, this figure has been taken from period August 1st 2016 – September 30th 2016.

5.       How many doctors did you pay through a limited/personal service company during that period?  2
 
6.      How many of these complied with the HMRC’s IR35 legislation?  2
 
7.      How much in total was this group (doctors paid through a limited/personal service company) paid during that period?  The total that was paid to limited companies was £8735.
 
8.       How much did the Trust pay in total for the highest earning individual (whether through an agency OR a limited/personal service company) in the three months July 1st to September 30th?  Data not collated

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