WORKFORCE: University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust plans to save up to £9m on its medical staffing bill over the next three years.

The £491m turnover trust’s annual plan reveals a review of consultant job planning is taking place to ensure “a better match between job plans and capacity and service need”.

The review will identify key performance indicators for medical staff in order to ensure productivity is monitored and delivered and target reductions in medical agency spend and explore possibilities for reducing medical staff expenditure through use of non-medical practitioners.

The plan cites the potenial to alienate a “critical and influential staff group” as a risk of the changes but suggests this will be mitigated by the involvement of the medical director and lead doctors.