4 November 2020
Evolution London



Headline Partner

GRI, previously known as de Poel health+care, is an award-winning outsourced solution to managing the agency rate cap and ensuring that quality, compliant temporary workers are booked onto each and every shift.

Since 2001, we have revolutionised the procurement and management of recruitment agency services, achieving significant savings and compliance assurance for both private healthcare organisations and the NHS.

Through a blend of account management and technology, we drive fairer commercial relationships and higher standards amongst supplying recruitment agencies. Agency charges are standardised and controlled, administrative burdens minimised, and compliance bolstered.

We also help organisations optimise their approach to bank management. With both our bank and agency management solutions powered by our leading-edge, intuitive e-tips® technology, clients partnering with GRI gain complete visibility over their entire temporary workforce.

Switching to our model takes, on average, 8-12 weeks and offers a risk-free and budget-friendly opportunity to transform the costs and processes associated with temporary recruitment. Implementing our solution does not require up-front expenditure. Instead it is self-funding via a small percentage of the savings we achieve for organisations.

Working with GRI means working with independent workforce management experts. As a neutral vendor we have no affiliation with supplying recruitment agencies. We opt, instead, for an influential negotiating position across the agency world. Over 3,500 agency suppliers (20% of the UK’s recruitment agencies) are signed up to our terms and conditions. This guarantees no conflict of interest ensuring we can truly recommend the optimum recruitment strategy for your needs.

Importantly our focus is also on empowering organisations to improve their strategic approach to temporary recruitment, thanks to our management information capabilities and business intelligence reporting. This expertise has seen us become a market leader, entrusted with close to £1billion pounds of recruitment spend on behalf of over 150 clients – equating to the deployment of 60,000 temporary workers a week.

We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your requirements and how we may be able to help.

To find out more visit or call 01565 682 020.

Category Partners

The National Guardian’s Office provides leadership, training, and advice for Freedom to Speak Up Guardians in NHS and Foundation trusts and provides the challenge, learning and support to the healthcare system as a whole by reviewing trusts’ speaking up culture and the handling of concerns where they have not followed good practice.

The role of the National Guardian was a key recommendation from Sir Robert Francis’ Freedom to Speak Up Review in response to the Mid-Staffordshire scandal. Dr Henrietta Hughes, the National Guardian for the NHS, took up the post in October 2016. Her office is an independent body, sponsored equally by the Care Quality Commission, NHS Improvement, and NHS England, with a remit to lead the culture change in the NHS so that speaking up becomes business as usual.

Guardians are appointed by their trusts and lead the culture change within their own organisations. This involves supporting workers who wish to speak up, ensuring that they are thanked for speaking up, that the issues they raise are responded to, and making sure that they receive feedback on the actions taken as a result of them raising an issue.

Guardians also work proactively to tackle barriers to speaking up and to promote openness and transparency. Dr Hughes and her office provide advice, guidance and training for the national network of guardians.

The office has also started a case review process to assess the speaking of culture in trusts where it appears that accepted standards of good practice have not been followed. The National Guardian makes recommendations to promote best practice in speaking up and provides national leadership to the NHS and surrounding organisations.

There is now a guardian in place in every trust in the country, and in fact, there are over 565 individuals playing an active part in delivering the Freedom to Speak Up agenda across all 232 trusts in England. The National Guardian has also helped train guardians for organisations in the independent sector, Arms’ Length Bodies, and other sectors.

Over the first nine months of this financial year, the National Guardian’s Office has been collecting data from guardians. In that time over 4,600 cases have been raised with guardians in trusts and a third of those cases have included an element of patient safety. The feedback that guardians have gathered from people who have spoken up has shown that nine out of ten respondents said they would speak up again.

NHS England leads the NHS in England. We set the priorities and direction of the NHS and encourage and inform national debate to improve health and care. 

We want everyone to have greater control of their health and wellbeing, and to be supported to live longer, healthier lives by high quality health and care services that are compassionate, inclusive and constantly-improving. Our vision and plans for the future of the NHS are set out in the Five Year Forward View.


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Endorsements and Support Partners

Why are we working with them?

WRES is a standard which requires implementation by all NHS and independent healthcare providers. It’s purpose to ensure staff from BME backgrounds have equal opportunities to progress careers and are treated fairly. The HSJ Awards are committed to creating a trusted awards programme which represents everyone working in health in the UK. We are working in collaboration with WRES to recruit judges and to review entry criteria.

More can be found about WRES here / @WRES_team

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