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NHS Interims cost the NHS in excess of £1000 per day

Some interesting research by the HSJ (For Healthcare Leaders) published in October 2018 reveals that despite attempts to curb interim pay within the NHS, it appears fresh examples of excessive pay may still be evident.

For balance, I would comment that although some of the following figures appear excessive, it is difficult to judge the value delivered, unless an explanation of what each interim manager achieved is made public.   

Jon Scott, chief operating officer at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust for four months, at a cost of £110,000. He was on payroll. Estimated annual equivalent rate: £330,000.

Bernie Bluhm, chief operating officer at East and North Herts Trust, cost £135,000 for six and a half months. The trust said this was on payroll and it was “regrettably necessary” to make a short-term appointment which was supported by NHSI. Estimated annual equivalent rate: £249,000.

Mark Gordon, chief operating officer at St George’s University Hospitals FT, cost £410,000 for seven months. He was contracted off payroll but left in April 2017, the last month board members could remain off payroll in certain circumstances. Estimated annual equivalent rate: £700,000.

Richard Hancock, director of estates, facilities and capital projects at St George’s University Hospitals FT, cost £300,000 for nine months in 2017-18. He was contracted off payroll. The trust said estates had been highlighted as a “must do” priority in its previous Care Quality Commission report. Estimated annual equivalent rate: £400,000.

Chris Bown, chief executive of Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust cost £70,000 for six weeks in 2017-18, equating to £2,333 per day. The trust said he was paid for longer than the period worked, due to the permanent chief executive returning to work earlier than expected, meaning the costs equated to £391,000 on an annual basis. He was contracted off payroll, but this was permitted as the permanent chief executive was still the “office holder.” The trust said there was a “pressing need to find the necessary high calibre of experienced senior executives at comparatively short notice, at a time of significant challenge.” Mr Bown has since returned to the trust on payroll for a 12-month fixed term contract, for £215,000.

Mark Powis, chief operating officer for 10 weeks at Sheffield Children’s FT, costing £50,000. The trust cited high demand for experienced individuals available at short notice and said Mr Powis had working knowledge of, and relationships with, its local partners. Estimated annual equivalent rate: £240,000.

Darren Cattell, director of finance for four months at Medway FT, costing £80,000. The trust said this was a fixed term on payroll appointment and reflected the national shortage for this skill set. Estimated annual equivalent rate: £240,000.

Eileen Doyle, director of clinical services for seven months at South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust, costing £130,000. She was on payroll and the trust says she provided “highly skilled expertise” while it sought a permanent COO. Estimated annual equivalent rate: £215,000.

Tim Lynch, chief operating officer for six months at University Hospitals of Leicester Trust, costing £100,000. He was on payroll and the trust said the costs included a month in lieu of notice and expenses, so his annual equivalent rate was £155,000.

Peter Carter, chair for four and a half months at East Kent Hospitals University FT, costing £80,000. The trust said NHSI was “supportive of the appointment”. Estimated annual equivalent rate: £213,000.

Alan Yates, chair of Southern Health FT for three months, at a cost of £55,000. He also received £90,000 for five months work the previous year. Southern Health FT said the amounts were negotiated and approved by NHSI and that Mr Yates was “a highly regarded interim chair.” Estimated annual equivalent rate: £220,000.

Phil Orwin, turnaround Specialist from July 2016 to March 2017, providing support for Isle of Wight clinical commissioning group at a total cost of just under £300,000 including vat, travel and expenses. Equating to £1920 per day with the cost shared jointly by the Isle of Wight CCG and the Isle of Wight Trust. Estimated annual equivalent rate: £450,000.  

Wednesday May 1, 2019