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NHS SBS transforms back office functions at 48 organisations

Tuesday 26th September, 2017

48 NHS organisations have selected NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) to provide a range of back office functions including, finance, procurement and employment services following a £10 million investment programme.

NHS SBS now provides at least one business service to over 100 different NHS providers and arm's length bodies across the country. In addition, England's NHS commissioning organisations use NHS SBS's finance and accounting service via NHS England's Integrated Single Financial Environment (ISFE) - whilst almost a third of commissioners also benefit from other business services

By investing in best of breed technologies, like robotics and automation, NHS SBS is providing the means for trusts to meet NHS Improvement (NHSI) spending targets and the efficiency savings identified by Lord Carter, whilst supporting the delivery of national policy, such as Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs).

World-leading specialist heart and lung centre, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust signed a new contract with NHS SBS earlier this year. The trust had a pressing need to modernise its finance, accounting and procurement processes to prepare for its relocation to a new purpose-built hospital.

Two newly formed NHS trusts were also amongst those signing new contracts with NHS SBS in 2017. The Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust and the North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust both needed a trusted provider of NHS finance and accounting services.

Commenting on the on-going transformation of the NHS back office, David Morris, Managing Director at NHS SBS, said: "Our Future Services Programme has been focused on actively listening to our partner NHS organisations, finding new ways to work to make their lives easier, whilst designing future services around their needs. The investment we are making into emerging technologies is on behalf of the entire health service, directly supporting transformation and helping to shape how the NHS can get more from its spending.”

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