Monthly pay costs across Wye Valley NHS Trust peaked at nearly £9m over past year (From Hereford Times)
Get involved! Send your photos, video, news & views by texting HT NEWS to 80360 or e-mail us
Monthly pay costs across Wye Valley NHS Trust peaked at nearly £9m over past year
MONTHLY pay costs across Wye Valley NHS Trust (WVT) peaked at nearly £9m over the past year with much needed bank and agency workers pushing up the bill.
But the increase in bank and agency use - and continued pay overspend - has seen WVT set up a programme to review present processes and controls for the authorisation of interim staff.
New figures show the cost for August this year totalled £8,820K or £562k up on the bill as at September last year.
Pay costs peaked in March this year to top £8,977k and fell to a low of £8,099k in December last year.
The bill is pushed up by the use of bank and agency workers that cost the Trust £718k over August, up from £396k in September last year.
In August, the trust’s overall workforce increased by just over 15 whole time equivalents (WTEs) including around eight WTE in agency workers, 10 bank workers and a decrease of three WTE in the substantive workforce.
The increase in agency workers was due to a need for nursing, midwifery, medical and dental staff. An increase in bank workers was mainly due to a need for nursing and midwifery staff in Elective Care and Care Closer to Home and Urgent services.
Bank and agency workers made up 6.59% of the Trust’s WTE workforce over August, slightly up on 6.25% the previous month.
Nursing and midwifery workers accounted for around 117 WTE of the 160 WTE bank and agency workers, with the main three areas of deployment being day case overspill, Lugg Ward and Redbrook Ward.
A&E has the highest number of hours in month: this was to cover consultant annual leave and a single consultant vacancy. Three middle grade posts are vacant.
Orthopaedics has one vacant senior house officer post that should be filled later this month, while in Integrated Family Health Services (IFHS) there is high bank and agency use to cover vacancies and one middle grade absence.
Seven of the trusts 10 clinical director posts are now filled with the remainder likely to be filled later this month.
The in-month sickness absence rate for the Trust is up slightly to 3.70% from 3.61% in July with absence in IFHS and Elective Care of particular concern.
As at the end of August, the number of long term sick WVT staff fell from 63 to 58. The main reason for sickness absence continues to be anxiety/stress/depression/other psychiatric illnesses.
Comments are closed on this article.