COMMERCIAL: Ten NHS organisations in South Central have renewed their contract with NHS Shared Business Services for another four years.

The contract is worth £13.5m and includes the provision of finance and accounting and payroll services to all the primary care trusts in the SHIP cluster (Southampton City, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth) as well as Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare Trust, Southampton University Hospitals Trust, Portsmouth Hospitals Trust, community providers Hampshire Partnership Foundation Trust, Solent, and the strategic health authority.

NHS SBS acquired Hampshire Shared Financial Services in 2005, providing it with the payroll platform to extend the payroll Service to new clients.

NHS SBS, a joint venture between the Department of Health and Steria, will work in partnership with the ten organisations to carry out their automation project which covers payroll services and organisational changes required to meet GP Consortia needs. The extended partnership will continue to drive major cost and efficiency savings.

Chris Palmer, Director of Finance at Isle of Wight NHS Primary Care Trust, said: “NHS SBS plays an integral role in our strategy to build speed and reliability into our systems through automated processes. We are currently undergoing significant change to meet the requirements of the new NHS structure, and with pressure on budgets we are making every effort to achieve efficiencies in the process.

“NHS SBS provides a wealth of management information, which means we will have improved financial controls, better systems management and a more robust IT infrastructure.”