Remedium was founded back in 2013, with two simple goals: to reduce the agency locum spend in the NHS, and more importantly, to provide a continuity of service for both patients and staff – so patients are receiving care from the same doctor, and clinicians are seeing the same colleagues day in and day out. Recruiting clinicians on permanent contracts supports both of those goals, so naturally became the basis of our business.
Our mission is to ultimately solve the UK healthcare staffing crisis – which we believe is only possible through increasing the number of clinical staff working in the NHS on permanent contracts – decreasing the agency locum spend and providing increased continuity of care. I am delighted to be celebrating our tenth anniversary having taken significant strides towards meeting these goals.
When we started Remedium, I wanted to be a part of a new age of recruitment – I wanted to break the unfair stereotypes recruiters often face, especially when working in the public sector. I am determined to prove that recruitment can be done ethically and for the benefit of all involved – client, candidate, agency – and ultimately, patients. I hope that over the past 10 years we have demonstrated to our clients, candidates, and industry peers, that recruitment can be done ethically and with integrity.
Since starting Remedium, I have held true to my belief that recruitment into the NHS can only be ethical if it is done on a permanent basis. We know that the service struggles with agency locum fees, and we want to be a part of the solution, not the problem. Hiring on a permanent basis drives significant cost benefits for services – as well as ensuring high standards of care are met.
Recruiting clinicians on a permanent basis also allows us to develop relationships with our clients and candidates, and also to foster the relationship between clinician and Trust. We know that relationships lead to recruitment – for example, we know that clinicians are more likely to stay in post following an in-person interview than clinicians who had video or phone interviews. We are proud to have taken 16 Trusts overseas to recruit from source, with over 250 clinicians having joined the NHS via this recruitment methodology. I am glad to say that over the past 10 years my passion and determination has grown – I am passionate about securing the future of the NHS, and I am determined to do my bit in the face of the ever-increasing challenges the service is facing.
It seems surreal that the business has gone from a garden shed to an office in central London and an office in Mumbai, having placed over 3,500 clinicians in the NHS and saved over £350 million. Having reached 10 years of Remedium, I find myself reflecting on the past decade. I am immensely proud and grateful for everyone who has contributed to the business in any way, and has helped build us to where we are now. I am incredibly proud of the clinicians we have placed in the NHS, many of whom relocated to the UK from overseas specifically to work in the service. It has been an honor and a privilege to work alongside both the NHS and the colleagues who make Remedium – and I am excited to see what the next 10 years bring.