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21 March 2019

Recruitment partnership receives HSJ Award

University Hospitals Bristol is one of six local NHS organisations involved in The Bristol, Weston and Bath NHS Partnership Project (referred to as 'BNSSG') which is led by GRI, an independent workforce management expert.

The project supported the cost effective recruitment of high quality nursing and care staff across the region, and last night (20/03/19) received the Procurement Support or Service Project of the Year prize at the 2019 HSJ Partnership Awards.

Carolyn Mills, chief nurse at UH Bristol, said on behalf of 'BNSSG': "We are delighted as this award demonstrates that, by working together, the NHS and industry can simultaneously achieve high quality patient care and value for money, whilst continually innovating the ways in which we engage and manage our vital collective workforce.

"Ultimately, it is about harnessing value and innovation in order to engage a workforce focused on delivering quality, safe and cost-effective care to all our service users."

In this testing climate, GRI is helping 'BNSSG' to realise significant efficiencies that include cost savings of over £2.5million, the delivery of nearly 600,000 hours of quality care, a single agreement and set of rates/terms and conditions now in place and a centralised, integrated booking system with access to real-time management information (MI). Critically, this is whilst continually delivering the highest standards of patient care.

Andrew Preston, CEO - UK and COO - EMEA and APAC of GRI, commented: "We are delighted to have secured HSJ Partnership Awards' title for excellence in procurement for an additional year - this time, in recognition of our partnership with our client 'BNSSG'.

"As a truly neutral recruitment outsourcing expert, we are driven to provide our clients with the very best, sustainable non-permanent staffing solutions.

"This serves as a further testament to our commitment and aligned vision to drive better value in the supply chain and an enhanced service delivery experience, whilst ensuring patient care remains of paramount importance."

The HSJ Partnership Awards serve to recognise and celebrate the most effective partnerships between the private and third sector and the NHS, and projects that work for the benefit of the NHS and its patients.

HSJ reported that all winners demonstrated outstanding commitment to working in collaboration with the NHS through cutting edge innovation and service provision.

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan said: "The innovation displayed by our winners and finalists is impressive. It is also, of course, vital to the service's sustainability and future.

"The HSJ Partnership Awards highlight the invaluable work performed by the organisations that work alongside the NHS to deliver first class patient care, shining a spotlight on their efforts which are often unseen but essential.

"Each of the winners is delivering tangible benefits to NHS patients, clinicians and the facilities they use, making a real difference in these challenging economic times."

For more information on GRI's partnership with 'BNSSG' please visit


HSJ Partnership Awards