Open-access content 22nd December 2011
22 December 2011
Serco Group has been chosen as the remaining single bidder to run the Anglia Support Partnership (ASP), an NHS organisation.The contract is in the final stages of approval, a statement from Serco said. ASP would become Serco's first shared-services proposition in the emerging market for middle-office and back-office support to the UK health sector.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust as well as "five partnering NHS organisations", operate ASP.
ASP handles around 65 contracts for the provision of support services to the trust and partners, as well as to around 50 other public and private organisations. The annual turnover of ASP in 2010 under the contracts was around £34 million.
ASP has 620 employees who would transfer to Serco some time in April.
Support services provided include: operational and specialist IT; finance operations; employment services; contracts management; procurement; primary care support services; occupational health; risk management; catering; and estates and property.
Also, new four-year framework agreements would permit the call-off of additional services including: commissioning advice and related support services; cost reduction, efficiency advice and consultancy services; and patient administration.
"This would add a further strategic partnership to our growing health support services and BPO operations," said Christopher Hyman, chief executive of Serco Group. "We will be seeking to radically improve service quality as well as providing guaranteed cost savings to the members of the Anglia Support Partnership."
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