Monitor is seeking to save millions of pounds by beefing up its internal team of troubleshooters to reduce its reliance on consultants.

The health sector regulator, which has been chastised by MPs for its expenditure on external advisers, unveiled the plan at its board meeting this week.

The board paper said Monitor was “actively considering how we might build an internal capability to do some of the specialist work that is currently being outsourced”. 

Monitor had a “small but growing” team, working alongside consultants who were already “sharing the workload” in some cases, it said.

The paper added: “Our ambition is to grow this into a significant internal capability, potentially saving several millions.”

The main focus for its expanded internal team would be “trust sustainability reviews and the development of health economy solutions for struggling trusts”, it added.

A spokesman for the regulator said it intended to bring back in-house “contingency planning work” that involves the deployment of “contingency planning teams” at financially troubled trusts.

Its trust special administration work, which cost Monitor £12.3m in 2013-14, was unlikely to come in-house, he added.

The move follows a report by the Commons public accounts committee in February, criticising Monitor for its reliance on costly consultants.

Professional services accounted for £22.3m of the organisation’s £64m net expenditure in 2013-14.

The committe said the use of consultants had “restricted Monitor’s ability to build in-house expertise and knowledge”.

The regulator would continue to use consultants to meet short term need where it would cost more to recruit full time staff, Monitor said.