COMMERCIAL: East Cheshire NHS Trust has awarded a four-year, single supplier framework contract to arvato UK & Ireland, the company has announced.

Under the agreement arvato will acquire Congleton-based Cheshire HR Service and provide professional and transactional HR services to East Cheshire NHS Trust and the centre’s other existing customers, including Electronic Staff Record (ESR), payroll administration, learning and development and HR consultancy.

The agreement includes a framework contract under which arvato will maximise the centre’s potential for growth by competing for additional outsourced work from the NHS, local authorities and other health and social care bodies throughout the UK, including AQPs (Any Qualified Providers).

John Wilbraham, Chief Executive, East Cheshire NHS Trust, said: “Cheshire HR Service has developed an excellent reputation for providing innovative, market leading HR services to East Cheshire NHS Trust and the wider NHS.  The time is right to hand the HR Service over to a strategic commercial partner to take the service forward, leverage its success and ensure it reaches its full potential. Under arvato’s leadership Cheshire HR Service will enhance service offerings, drive efficiencies and deliver significant cost savings for East Cheshire NHS Trust underpinned by investment in technology.”

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