The Clinical & Healthcare sector group provides a forum to discuss public policy, market conditions, regulatory matters and wider issues in the clinical health and social care arena. APSCo offers a range of services in this sector including networking events, Compliance+ accreditation, unique research and expertise, as well as our latest sector news and blogs

Benton Robertson, Managing Director of Hunter AHP, is APSCO's Clinical & Healthcare Chair. In the video above he explains what his role involves and how APSCo helps recruiters in the sector.

Our Expertise

Having grown our clinical and healthcare membership base since 2015, we formally launched our sector group in October 2021. This has allowed us to:

  • Provide an environment in which both large and smaller members have an equal footing. 
  • Foster a positive culture within the sector group to support open discussion, and facilitate an environment where members can build networks for the purpose of collaboration. 
  • Develop Compliance+ Clinical & Healthcare an uncompromising quality benchmark for clinical and healthcare recruitment companies.
  • Build relationships with the framework providers to encourage a move towards a more consistent approach to compliance requirements, and to encourage the adoption of Compliance+ Healthcare as a recognised audit standard. 
  • Build relationships with end client stakeholders to create a community of highly valued, professional, and quality assured recruitment partners. 
  • Provide support and guidance for compliance managers, through specific meetings, events and legal resources. 
  • Provide legal support and resources to be tailored to support the Clinical and Healthcare sector. 
  • Increase lobbying on behalf of the healthcare sector, to view our current priorities please see our Clinical & Healthcare sector members report. 
  • Build relationships with other bodies and organisations within the healthcare sector to provide expert speakers, advice and guidance to members.
  • Provide sector group meetings and events giving senior managers and directors from member companies an important opportunity to network and discuss key topics and issues that are relevant to their sector.
  • Provide targeted research for the healthcare sector.


We have held a number of sector meetings since launching the sector group and have heard from expert speakers such as:

  • Billy Palmer, Senior Fellow in Health Policy at Independent Health Thinktank The Nuffield Trust
  • Nicola McQueen, CEO at NHS Professionals
  • Hannah Morrison, Assoicate at Brabners
  • Fiona Brunton, Owner at Brunton Consultancy

Details of our next sector group meeting can be found here.

Compliance + Best Practice Standard

We engaged with both members and external stakeholders, such as NHS Workforce Alliance, NHS Professionals, the Crown Commercial Service, and HealthTrust Europe to develop our unique Compliance+ standard for Clinical & Healthcare - now available for members here.

The aim of this standard is to compel Clinical & Healthcare recruitment companies to go beyond statutory safeguarding and to aim for excellence in competency selection and service quality. APSCo has constructed this ground-breaking standard with the various NHS frameworks in mind, to bring some consistency to compliance requirements, whilst putting the safeguarding of vulnerable people first, through adherence to the highest service criteria.

Helen Lynch, Director of Workforce and Category Development, NHS Commercial Solutions, on behalf of the NHS Workforce Alliance:

NHS Workforce Alliance takes patient safety very seriously. We ensure that all of our suppliers on our staffing frameworks undertake worker employment checks which adhere to the NHS Employment Check Standards and the government Baseline Personnel Security Standards. Our suppliers have to demonstrate that all of their workers meet these standards, which are rigorously applied - not only by us but by our customers as well.

We welcome APSCo adopting and incorporating these within their compliance and healthcare standards, further supporting our healthcare colleagues in providing the highest quality of care to the patients we serve.

Sector Research

APSCo has partnered with Trusted Partner Broadbean Technology to produce Healthcare sector reports free to APSCo members. These reports are based on an analysis of the number of jobs posted on Broadbean’s database and the number of applications per vacancy over a set period. Find our latest sector research here.

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Your next step

If you would like to request a guest place at our next sector meeting or to access our latest research, please provide your details below and a member of the team will get back to you.