Senior HR professionals in the private sector could soon be headhunted bythe NHS. The Department of Health (DoH) announced last week it is offering executive searchfirms the chance to help NHS trusts poach some of the private sectors’ mosttalented senior managers. Alastair Henderson, HR policy manager with the NHS Confederation, said thehealth service is in particular need of finding really talented and committedindividuals for director-level appointments. He said the NHS would be looking for management expertise from variousbusiness functions and highlighted HR and IT as areas where there was a highdemand for expertise. “The senior HR roles in the NHS are extremely complex, challenging andrewarding jobs, and there are a lot of opportunities there,” he said. Henderson said that by using a number of approved executive search teams,the NHS would benefit by avoiding duplication and building expertise. The NHS Confederation and the DoH are inviting executive recruitment firmsto tender for recruitment, executive search and assessment services, with aview to agreeing a shortlist in May and a final list in September. “Placing top talent in the NHS is not about crossing our fingers andhoping the talent will come to us,” he said. “The list of preferredsuppliers will help NHS trusts ensure they recruit the right people in theright jobs – whether they are from within the NHS or from outside.” By Ben Willmott Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. NHS to poach senior private sector staffOn 8 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.