28 March 2014

Carillion named preferred provider to run NUH E&F Services

Carillion is the preferred provider to run Estates and Facilities (E&F) Services at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, which includes Queen's Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital. 

This follows a two year procurement process which involved the Trust going out to the market to provide assurance to those it serves that its E&F services are achieving best value for money, are delivered to the highest quality for patients and are fit for the future. 

Carillion and Cofely (formerly Balfour Beatty) were the two final shortlisted external bidders competing with others to run these NUH services, which includes cleaning, catering, laundry and linen, car parking and security. It is anticipated Carillion will start running these services from June 2014. 

The NUH Trust Board yesterday (Thursday 27 March 2014) decided it is their intention to appoint Carillion as the preferred provider to run these services after scoring higher as part of the final evaluation process on the Trust's overall requirements. This included quality and financial requirements. 

The Board's decision is pending the statutory "standstill" period which concludes at midnight on 7 April 2014. The purpose of this statutory "standstill" period is to allow the unsuccessful bidder to challenge the decision before the contract is signed. NUH aims to finalise the contract with Carillion at the end of this 10-day period. 

The circa £200million contract will be for an initial five year period, with the option to extend by a further three years subject to satisfactory performance reviews. 

Peter Homa, Chief Executive of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "At every stage of this exercise, the bidders (including Carillion) have recognised the strengths of the services currently provided by our in-house team. We however have a duty to those we serve to ensure the services we provide are value for money and to the highest standard and this is what we have remain focused on throughout this exercise. 

"Carillion have extensive experience of running Estates and Facilities Services at other similar-size hospitals. We are confident that by working in partnership with Carillion and utilising their expertise and innovative ideas for running these services, we can build on our strengths and further improve service standards for the benefit of our patients. 

"We in no way underestimate the impact this exercise, the largest such exercise the Trust has ever run, has had on those staff affected by this change. Over the coming weeks we will begin a consultation exercise with staff and proposals to transfer around 1,200 staff to Carillion at the start of this new contract." 

Richard Howson, Chief Executive of Carillion plc, said: "I am delighted that Carillion has been selected as the preferred bidder to become a strategic partner for one of the country's largest NHS Trusts. We look forward to working with the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and to using our extensive skills and experience in the health sector to support the Trust in delivering first class patient services."

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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