"We are really excited about our partnership with Lexmark which will help NHS organisations to deliver real and evidenced savings and efficiencies," commented Beth Loudon, Head of Procurement Development and Sourcing at NHS Shared Business Services. "Our procurement services are in the process of transforming, and innovative partnerships like this one demonstrate how combining the strengths of two great organisations can deliver powerful outcomes."
The partnership utilises the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust Commercial Procurement Healthcare Content Management Framework, which includes Lexmark Managed Print Services as a key component, as well as other document workflow technology.
"As the NHS moves towards more collaboration, it is essential that partnerships such as this enable the NHS to become more adaptable and able to respond to change using new technology and innovations. We are really pleased to be working with NHS SBS to drive adoption of the Healthcare Content Management framework," stated Andrew O’Connor, Director of Commercial Procurement Services, Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust.
Outside of the NHS, the framework can also be used by all public sector organisations. Lexmark offers a variety of solutions for healthcare and the public sector, offering much- needed document control and efficiency.
Nick Reed, Lexmark Enterprise Sales Director, said, "Our comprehensive approach to output management means Lexmark is perfectly equipped to assist the NHS in identifying opportunities and the impact of technology on its organisation. Lexmark have more than 25 years' experience in manufacturing and managing millions of output devices, placing them in some of the most complex network environments and varied physical conditions. The Lexmark teams will work closely with NHS SBS customers to deliver results in line with financial targets and the customers’ digital roadmaps."
About LexmarkLexmark creates innovative imaging solutions and technologies that help customers worldwide print, secure and manage information with ease, efficiency and unmatched value.
About NHS Shared Business ServicesNHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) was formed in 2005 as a unique joint venture between the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and technology experts Sopra Steria.
Our original mission - which was achieved a year ahead of schedule - was to deliver £224 million cost savings to the NHS by 2015, through providing a more efficient and cost-effective way for NHS organisations to manage their back office functions.
Today, NHS SBS employs more than 1,750 people, with a unique mix of NHS and commercial expertise, and is the largest provider of finance and accounting, procurement and employment services to the NHS in England.
We have so far unlocked over £400 million savings for the NHS and, by future proofing the services we provide, are on course to deliver total savings of £1 billion by 2020 for reinvestment in frontline patient care.
About Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - Commercial ProcurementWorking within the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (COCH), the Countess of Chester Hospital Commercial Procurement Services is a center of procurement expertise that understand first-hand the increasing and conflicting pressures on the NHS. They have an in-depth knowledge of the NHS and the healthcare market coupled with excellent track record of delivering high quality commercial and procurement projects which enables them to effectively advise, assist and deliver a range of benefits to Trusts and wider public sector bodies which include service improvements, cash releasing and cost avoidance savings.