New NHS payroll system frees up staff for patientsOn 11 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The creation of a £325m integrated HR and payroll system for the NHS willprovide a significant boost for staff development. This is the view of Andrew Foster, HR director for the NHS, who last weekannounced the award of the multi-million pound contract to a consortium led byMcKesson. The 10-year deal will see the consortium, which also includes Oracle, PwCConsulting and IBM, replace the 29 different payroll and 38 various HR systemsin the health service with one fully integrated payroll and HR system for amillion NHS staff. Foster said the move will provide the NHS with common HR and pay processesto manage staff, recruitment and absenteeism effectively. The new system will help the health service analyse skills gaps, recruitstaff proactively and identify areas where flexible working can be introduced. Foster said, “This is a fundamental building block for developing ourmost important asset – our staff – which in turn will realise more improved andeffective patient care. “It will reduce the need for the double handling of information,allowing skilled staff to devote more time to managing services.” The deal includes the option of Internet-type technologies fore-recruitment, e-learning and employee self-rostering. The Department of Health believes the system should save the NHS at least£400m over 10 years in England and Wales. It will pay for itself through better staff management and effective pay andHR polices designed to reduce administration, develop skills and help retainstaff – so cutting recruitment costs. The system will initially be tested at University Hospital Birmingham NHSTrust, then piloted at 16 other NHS trusts across England and Wales for afurther six months. It will then be rolled out in full across the healthservice. By Ben Willmott Related posts:No related photos.