We have extensive public sector knowledge, and with over a decade of experience in temporary, fixed term and digital recruitment, we bring a rich history of supporting organisations to build market-leading technology teams. 

We are a market leader in Digital, Data and ICT consultancy across healthcare and the broader public sector and been engaged with over 50 public sector organisations delivering digital programmes at a total value of over £500m. Additionally, also have substantial experience in sourcing exceptional digital talent across the private and public sector.

We have worked across a variety of markets, including the public and private sector from ground-level start-ups to FTSE 100. The hires we make for our clients are high profile and often high demand technical areas. 

Our specialist digital teams are made up of experienced recruitment and management consultancy thought leaders, and with unparallel collaboration, we can rapidly fulfil any recruitment need with the highest level of quality.

Our continued success has been recognised having been awarded onto the Sunday Times UK’s top 100 fastest growing companies.


What Lots are we on?

LOT 1 (TEcHnical)

  • IM&T Analyst

  • IM&T Technical Engineer Specialist

  • IM&T Consultant

  • Project Management


Key Contacts:

James Sandford, Client Partner - Health & Public Sector, james.sandford@smart-co.co.uk, +44 (0)7703329966

Ben Taylor, Client Partner - Health & Public Sector, ben.taylor@smart-co.co.uk, +44 (0) 79120 66606


What makes us different?

Consultancy Approach

We have established in-house technical leadership who provide consulting services to our clients and support our recruitment engagements. We have former public sector CIO’s who understand the challenges  of recruiting digital teams. We understand policy, drivers and blockers.

Our Network

We have a vast network of some of the thought leaders within the UK public sector digital space.

The breadth of our network and quality of our relationships with contractors/interim resources. Our specialist team invests time in market mapping and building relationships with the experts in this discipline.

  • Technical Assurance utilised in the recruitment process

  • Technical Leadership to review client requirements. 

  • Technical Assessment of potential candidates.

  • Peer to Peer client support during process.



Our approach falls into three stages and competencies:


1.Quality and Speed

Quality and accuracy are crucial when sourcing contingency contract staff. We move quickly to find highly qualified candidates that will move our clients’ projects ahead when they need them the most. Our expertise in the temporary and contract recruitment market is unrivalled, and our range of delivery models and managed solutions fully support our clients’ requirements.

We are able to source talent, whether passive or active in the market with bespoke resource solutions.

2. Search And selection

We apply rigorous screening methods to uncover the technical and team skills that each client requires. We carry out full employment checks on all candidates to ensure that the staff we provide are the best available; fully vetted and trusted

 Also, we ensure all contractors are fully compliant. Our compliance team have extensive knowledge of legislation within the Public Sector. We carry out rigorous compliance checks to ensure that our contract / freelance workers and any limited companies are above board and legitimate.

3. After-Care

We invest the same amount of time and effort into Contractor aftercare as we do into sourcing; from simple, secure, and reliable contractor invoicing and payment processes.

Case Study: Recruiting a UK team for US-based LumiraDx Health IT

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Key hires:

  • To complete 


LumiraDx Health IT began winning pilots and new projects with NHS organisations, building on the success of its health information exchange system in the US.

A flexible workforce was needed to start building a UK capability but there was no HR function or recruitment process established in the region.

Specific resources were needed to staff a clinical integration project in Manchester.


The CIO contacted Channel 3 having built a relationship with the company for four years

We researched the US business and rival companies, as well as the integration engines being used on the project

Drawing on our network, we sourced technical specialists with experience of the correct system

Our team completed initial telephone interviews before presenting a shortlist to the CIO and US


Skilled specialists were successfully hired within two months and have been in post for two years

We have sourced a wider talent pool to support future recruitment and provided market intelligence around the cost of hiring a flexible workforce.

With the company new to the UK market, our team has supported LumiraDx Health IT in developing the right processes, skills and approach to work effectively in the UK and within the NHS.

The company has grown rapidly and now has a dedicated UK HR team.


Smart Co Consulting provided us with a managed service for our eCAMIS deployment. The team is flexible, cost effective and of a high quality. I would have no hesitation in recommending this service.

- IT Director, Nothampton General Hospital


For more information, please contact James Sandford, Client Partner - Health & Public Sector, +44 (0) 7703 329966 / james.sandford@smart-co.co.uk.