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NHS Arden & GEM CSU provide multi-award-winning health and care systems support to CCGs, STPs, ICSs, NHS England, local authorities, as well as care providers spanning primary, secondary and community care. As an awarded approved supplier, Seymour John help resource their project teams.

The Challenge

Offering a robust, quick, simple, and competitive route to procuring the people and performance services AGEM need, we are awarded under the ESPO-3S Strategic HR Services Framework. Whether it is the pressure to do more with less or the challenges of attraction, retention, and development, we work in partnership with AGEM to improve public services by unlocking potential, reducing costs, and improving productivity. Invariably, teams are put together at short notice, and at scale, often requiring niche, hard-to-reach, high-demand specialisms, particularly in the DDaT arena.

The Approach

Depending on whether it is single or multiple roles, most requirements are run within a two to ten-day project plan. As a public sector specialist, we have the experience and management information from similar PSLs, e.g., with Midlands & Lancashire CSU, that enable us to quickly identify which markets, tools, and job boards will ensure first-time success. We have invested heavily in the latest search to technology to ensure we get to the right candidates quickly. We also have access to the extensive networks of the Seymour John group

The Result

Since being awarded, in 2020, we have placed a total of 155 single and multiple temporary and fixed-term contracts to date, across all specialisms with the CSU. From Finance, Marketing, & Legal, and Admin, HR, & Business Support, to Programme & Project Management, and Digital Data & Technology, we have placed a spectrum of people – from junior and senior to executive talent – in roles ranging from £16,000 to £150,000 per year (or minimum wage to £150 per hour).

“Seymour John have been pivotal to the success, growth, and pace of which the Advanced Analytics Unit of AGEM, within the Business Intelligence Directorate, have been able to develop. Their service has been responsive, flexible, first class, and the candidate choice plentiful, even within a niche, hard to reach and high demand specialism. As a client I would say we have been very demanding not only to serve our own requirements but also for AGEM to respond to our client’s requests typically at really short notice and with urgent turnaround timescales. Nothing has been too much. The team have consistently risen to the challenge. They work more so as partners rather than suppliers and I personally find them easy to work with. They keep on delivering, which is why they have become the go-to consultancy.”

Sarah Ost, Associate Director of Advanced Analytics (People and Process), NHS Arden & GEM East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit

Since 2020, Seymour John has made a total of 1,277 temporary placements across all specialisms to UK public sector customers, at the time of writing.

John Lavictoire

John Lavictoire

With over 20 year’s specialist experience, John is a leading expert in public and social sector recruitment. As such, he has become the go-to consultant for difficult-to-fill executive and NED roles across the sector.

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