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Awards & Accreditations

We were founded on the principle of employing the very best. People who are undeniably experts in their field. This expertise and knowledge empowers us to create strong, successful partnerships by offering staffing solutions to truly meet our clients’ needs, and thus enabling us to offer our candidates the best jobs.

Our people are professional, honest and trustworthy. We take the time to listen to requirements and always strive to do the right thing by our clients and our candidates.

As a young consultancy that has been operating for over 13 years, it is a great accomplishment to have been nominated for several awards, with our most recent being selected as one of the top 100 largest independent companies in Essex by Grant Thornton and as a finalist in the Small Business category of the NHS in the North West Excellence in Supply Awards 2015.

As a privately owned, medium-sized company, we have a highly independent edge, enabling us to be flexible and responsive to our client and candidate needs.


Athona is delighted to be able to say we are an on Framework agency, meaning we are the supplier of choice to the three major frameworks; Crown Commercial Service (CCS), Health Trust Europe (HTE) & London Procurement Programme (LPP).

We are a Crown Commercial Service Supplier

Crown Commercial Service Supplier, formerly Government Procurement Service (GPS), is an executive agency of the Cabinet Office acting on behalf of the Crown, to improve the quality of commercial and procurement activity across the public sector.

The Crown Commercial Service raises commercial capability across the public sector and delivers savings, by strengthening the Government’s businesslike approach to how it buys goods and services. It is the only professional buying organisation with a legal remit to trade across the whole of UK public services. It provides NHS Trusts and health authorities with market knowledge, advice and regional and national contracts for temporary staff, recruitment advertising, and outsourced and business services.

Athona is one of only 32 UK agencies to be approved by Crown Commercial Service for the supply of temporary locum doctors (including locum GPs) and one of only 24 suppliers with a managed service provision of temporary fixed term locum doctors (including locum GPs).

The framework agreement was developed following input from NHSE, DoH, NHS Protect, REC and a range of people from finance, medical staffing, HR and procurement backgrounds. It has enabled participating trusts to enjoy the quality and cost benefits that have been secured through the new agreements. It brings together both national and local suppliers, ensuring that high standards of compliancy are kept, while also stipulating the total fee any agency can charge and reduce the amount of suppliers they need to manage.

The verification standards in the framework agreement provide assurance that satisfies the NHS Litigation Authority. Athona’s inclusion on the framework agreement highlights the quality of service we provide, and the stringent standards of compliance to which we adhere. The revalidation of all full-time locum doctors is carried out by Athona’s Revalidation and Support team, providing assurance on validation and licensing to NHS customers.

For more information, please visit: ccs.cabinetoffice.gov.uk.

We are a Health Trust Europe (HTE) & London Procurement Programme (LPP) Supplier

The LPP has been working with trusts to make the most of the purchasing power of the NHS in London to maximise investment in patient care whilst ensuring value for money.

The HTE is a group purchasing organisation for public and private sectors in the UK and Europe. Athona has been named to supply for the North, Central, Midlands and Southern regions of the UK.

 What this means for locums?

  • Receive priority access to sought after locum jobs through Athona.
  • Receive attractive rates of pay.
  • Be paid PAYE or Limited Company on a weekly basis.
  • Take part in lucrative incentive schemes.
  • Receive a contribution towards your CPD training.
  • Gain access to a dedicated recruitment consultant with specialist knowledge of your discipline, which means we speak your language.

For more information, please visit: www.healthtrusteurope.com or www.lpp.nhs.uk

ISO Quality Management System

Athona is committed to ensuring high standards are maintained with all internal and external procedures and has been independently audited and certified to be in conformance with the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System. The requirements for this system include:

  • A set of procedures that cover all key processes in the business;
  • Monitoring processes to ensure they are effective;
  • Record keeping;
  • Checking output for defects, with appropriate and corrective action where necessary;
  • Regularly reviewing individual processes and the quality system itself for effectiveness; and
  • Facilitating continual improvement.

For more information, please visit: www.iso.org.

REC Gold Standard

Having satisfied stringent membership criteria, Athona is an accredited corporate member of The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). Our REC membership status provides our candidates, clients and employees with the assurance that we are committed to the highest possible standards of best practice in the recruitment industry.

Athona’s REC Corporate Membership number is: 00052510

Athona has been accredited gold standard by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

What does this mean?

The gold standard demonstrates Athona’s adherence to the highest possible standards in compliance. Furthermore, it shows that Athona exhibits “best practise in customer service, staff development, diversity and client management”, amongst numerous other areas of business.

Athona achieved this external accreditation following both an online and on-site audit by the REC. We are incredibly proud to have received this official recognition for the quality work that we do on a daily basis and believe it is just one of the ways that we stand out from our competitors.

What does this mean for you?

If you seek employment through us, you can rest assured that you are working with professionals acutely aware of all of the ever changing legal requirements in educational compliance. Athona prides itself on the professionalism of its employees, and we believe our REC gold standard rating confirms this.

For more information, please visit: www.rec.uk.com.

Recruiter magazine’s ‘Fast 50’ companies

Athona Recruitment has been named as one of Recruiter magazine’s ‘Fast 50’ companies.

The list highlights the top 50 privately-owned recruitment firms that continue to deliver a high level of growth. This is a testament to the hard work our staff and candidates demonstrate on a daily basis.

For more information, please visit: www.athona.com/athona-fast-50

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