Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent NHS trust sets up back office services framework
Four-year contract valued at between £5m and £1.9bn designed to help authorities considering moving to shared services to reduce spending
Staffordshire and Stoke On Trent Partnership NHS Trust plans to set up a single supplier framework to provide a range of NHS back office systems and services, including financial, procurement and payroll services.
In its tender document, the trust says it believes the proposed framework agreement will enable the wider public sector to benefit from a streamlined services delivery approach.
It also believes that the proposed four-year framework agreement with a potential contract value of up to £1.9bn offers "a fantastic opportunity" to assist authorities that are under increased pressure to move to greater use of shared and outsourced arrangements as a means to reduce spending.
In a statement, the trust said it "passionately" believes that it can improve outcomes for local people and whilst "social care integration may appear to carry risks", it feels the transformation programme it has developed can take genuine cost out of the system whilst improving quality and customer experience.
"The scale of change facing the NHS over the next few years presents both challenge and opportunity. We know we have to maintain and improve the quality of the authority's health and social care provision whilst delivering required efficiencies and value for money.All this needs to be delivered in a new organisation where we are building new systems and processes and addressing historic issues in community health services and social care such as under-developed information systems," the trust said.
"Having undergone significant transformation in recent times whilst maintaining high quality front-line services to our patients and customers, the partnership trust has a clear understanding of the importance of having high quality back-office service provision to support delivery of care," it added.
"The partnership trust has a clear vision of how NHS back office services, including financial, procurement and employment services should be delivered to achieve greater efficiencies and cost improvements. The authority therefore intends to establish a framework agreement for the benefit of itself and other public health bodies.
"The partnership considers that the proposed framework agreement will enable the wider public sector to benefit from a streamlined service delivery approach. The authority also believes that this proposed framework agreement offers a fantastic opportunity to assist those authorities who are under increased pressure to move to greater use of shared and outsourced arrangements as a means to reduce spending."