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NHS HR body signs £19m outsourcing contract

Antony Savvas

NHS recruitment and management authority NHS Professionals has signed a six-year £19m finance outsourcing contract with joint venture NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS).

The contract will cover services to 58,000 customers, suppliers and flexible workers under the NHS Professionals umbrella.

NHS Professionals provides staff recruitment and management to NHS Trusts in the UK. By outsourcing this process, NHS Professionals said it will be able to improve its current finance and accounting functionality and scale to future needs of the organisation, as well as ensuring more staff are available to offer front line care.

“This contract will help us to enhance our strategic focus on the development of NHS Professionals and it will deliver guaranteed cost savings,” said Andy Leary, director of finance at NHS Professionals.

“The service offered by NHS SBS will provide access to enhanced F&A functionality and in turn the increased financial control inherent in the NHS SBS service,” said Leary.
 
“We are now bringing together two key members of the NHS family to realise cost savings that will allow more doctors, nurses and clinical staff to focus on patient care,” said Peter Coates, deputy director of finance at the Department of Health. “This new contract is a blueprint for how public sector shared services should work,” he said.

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