National Commissioning Board admits struggle to recruit staff

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 31 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5870
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The National Commissioning Board is struggling to recruit enough experienced staff, it has emerged. The body will control a large proportion of the NHS budget from next year, and direct England’s general practitioner led clinical commissioning groups.

Around 4000 staff are needed for the National Commissioning Board, which is based in Leeds, but apart from the national director and non-executive roles, the vast majority of posts are still to be filled before the board becomes fully operational in April next year.

In the board’s most recent assurance framework document1 for July—its own risk register—in the category of “very high risk” it says: “There is a risk that the …

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