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February 2010


Financial recruitment specialist Dickson O’Brien has strengthened its public sector arm after securing a place on the Buying Solutions Non-Medical, Non-Clinical Resources framework agreement to supply the NHS across the Northwest.

The agency has been selected to recruit NHS finance temps and fixed term contractors, following a rigorous evaluation by Buying Solutions, the national procurement partner for UK public services.

“It’s another significant win for the agency and recognises the robust systems and procedures we have in place, as well as our ability to consistently place high quality candidates in rewarding temporary and permanent roles,” said Director Maria O’Brien, who established the firm with business partner and former colleague, Bev Dickson, just two years ago. www.dicksonobrien.co.uk

“We take the time to get to know our contractor candidates and help them manage their careers as a series of fulfilling temporary assignments, or one-off projects.

“We have a strong database of committed finance professionals with broad experience in both the NHS and private sector. We are delighted that the Buying Solutions framework agreement will open up new opportunities to offer them,” added O’Brien.

The framework agreement will remain in place for the next two years with the opportunity to re-submit a bid to supply staff for a further 12-month or two-year period.

Client and Former Assistant Director of Finance at University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust, Tim Rutt said: “Dickson O’Brien’s outstanding strength is its integrity.

“Whenever I needed an NHS contractor to fulfil a specific role, Maria and Bev would either very quickly supply an individual, who was an excellent fit, or tell me that they didn’t have anyone suitable at that time. This honest and open approach is the nub of their success.

“I knew that the person they put forward would be a strong candidate, but they didn’t waste my time or their clients’ on recommending unsuitable people. A lot of time and money would be saved if all recruitment agencies operated in that manner.”

As one of the Northwest’s most successful young recruitment firms, Dickson O’Brien puts its triumphs down to its size, which enables it to maintain close relationships and stay true to its core values of integrity and approachability.

O’Brien added: “We’re passionate about delivering excellent results for our clients and are delighted with this latest contract as it complements all our existing relationships within the public and private sector.

“Bev and I have got more than 25 years combined experience in the recruitment industry. We know that effective communication, transparency, and honesty are key to helping good people into the right roles within good organisations, on time and within budget.

“We’re unapologetically a boutique business and despite a succession of business gains, we have a growth strategy that enables us to maintain our personal relationships with both candidates and clients,” she added.


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