I have recently retained MLC Partners to recruit my VSM CFO post (£135,000) for South East London Commissioning Alliance, having failed to find the right candidates through NHS Jobs and all other routes. MLC Partners were not a firm I was previously aware of but they came across with passion and enthusiasm when we met them, took a thorough and challenging brief, and we felt that if we awarded them the business it really mattered to them. In the event, I have been more than satisfied with the process and their candidate reach in the market, and the thorough and professional approach they have undertaken for us.
MLC Partners have been honest, thorough and relentless in their pursuit of a longlist, from which a shortlist of previously unapproached candidates was produced, the shortlist was approved and we were successful at appointing to this hugely important role. MLC Partners were able to assess our requirements of the role correctly and have been able to sell our organisation and role both passionately and effectively to relevant senior executives. They have been available at all times, and have kept the team at SELCA fully updated throughout the recruitment process. I can thoroughly recommend MLC Partners for any Band 9/VSM retained recruitment.
Accountable Officer - South East London Commissioning Alliance
I have worked as an executive interim spanning some 8 years now. As you can imagine, I have worked with many recruitment consultancies during that time, and there are only a few recruitment consultants I have remained in touch with whom I trust, and which provide an exemplary professional recruitment service. In terms of an entire organisation though, I have to say that in my experience one recruitment consultancy stands out, in terms of being an extremely organised and supportive recruitment organisation, and one that provides sound advice, and that is MLC Partners.
I am very impressed by MLC Partners. It has felt like working for a team who are on your side, and they have worked effectively in terms of the administration and recruitment requirements that I have asked for on behalf of Homerton University Hospital. As such, I thoroughly recommend MLC Partners to NHS colleagues as a serious professional recruitment consultancy, who provide good quality candidates and readily understand NHS requirements.
NHS Interim Head of Information Services
MLC Partners was a pleasure to deal with, particularly when flexibility and an innovative approach was required. They were friendly, approachable and acted with both integrity as well seeking an evidence base to place me into a VSM director level position that had been difficult to fill, despite other agencies trying. There was a level of openness and honesty in their approach which made them a valued and trusted partner going forward. This was because of an approach which introduces candidates and clients across sectors. While in contact with MLC Partners I made productive contact with colleagues from my own area as well education, central and local government. MLC Partners helped not just in the placement itself but set up future contacts. I would recommend MLC Partners not least because they operate by forming strong, productive and professional relationships.
NHS Interim Director of Finance
Working with MLC partners has been great for us because they really took the time to get to know our organisation and only put candidates forward for jobs with the right skills and personality. Unlike other recruitment agencies, MLC place people according to their ability and potential helping us with some of our hard to fill vacancies. Since working with us on some initial contracts, they regularly call just to catch up and check on how their candidates are getting on; dealing with any concerns I have immediately.
It is brilliant to work with an agency that genuinely wants candidates to progress and succeed in their careers and work with organisations to find the right candidate, not just any candidate. Steve and Pete have always been professional, honest and reliable. As an NMNC framework agency, with a high understanding of the NHS and commissioning environment I would not hesitate in recommending MLC to anyone.
Head of HR Operations - NEL Commissioning Support Unit
I have worked with Pete as a client several times over the last few years, and more so recently in his capacity as founder of MLC Partners. Pete has, for many years, been the ‘go-to’ person for HR resourcing solutions, whether these be interim or permanent. In my experience, Pete looks to build effective relationships as a primary core to the way he does business, whether this be with clients or candidates. Working with Pete and MLC more recently, we have found that they take the time to send profiles of high quality candidates having taken the time to really understand what we have wanted from the person, and the expectations of the role. In addition, we’ve even been able to consider more creative solutions to some difficult to recruit posts, which other agencies have not been willing to consider. We have been very happy with the service from Pete and the team at MLC who continue to evidence a strong presence in the industry.
Deputy Director of HR & OD - Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust