Cornwall targets savings using shared services

5 August 2011

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5 August 2011 | Angeline Albert 

CornwallCouncil is planning to save £2.5 million by 2018 by sharing services with local health authorities.

The council and four health organisations (Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust,and Isles of Scilly Community Health Services) are looking to share IT services, procurement and document management.

Yesterday, a pre-tender notice was published by the council on the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) website. The notice said the local authority is seeking a supplier to “examine the opportunities and support the implementation of more joined-up procurement and commissioning between the council and health”.  

It continued: “We are looking for a partner that will commit to working with us on a collaborative basis for a minimum of 10 years, with further option to extend up to a further five years. Over this period we hope to establish a competitive trading company that offers the market high quality shared services.”

In a statement, the council said: “Shared services is a ground-breaking project which could see Cornwall Council working with local health organisations and a private sector partner to help retain and create up to 400 new jobs in Cornwall over the next seven years at the same time as saving almost £2.5 million.”

The council is inviting prospective suppliers to discuss the proposals on 2 September.

Council leader Alec Robertson said: “We are committed to providing high quality services and these projects will help us to do this at the same time as achieving the best possible value for money for council tax payers in Cornwall.”

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