Worcester Acute Hospitals awards £1.2m payroll and pensions contract to NHS SBS
Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has awarded a five-year contract to business support specialist NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS). The £1.2 million contract builds on the trust's partnership with NHS SBS, a public-private joint venture with the Department of Health. Alongside the immediate cost savings, NHS SBS will seek ongoing efficiency savings through its dedicated specialist delivery team, adoption of LEAN-driven processes and technology improvements. This includes the adoption by Worcester Acute of NHS SBS's web-based ePay solution to improve the accuracy of recording timesheet and expenses data. The latest contract builds on the growth of NHS SBS's employment services which currently processes more than two million payroll transactions each year on behalf of 78 NHS clients with 99.8% accuracy.
Pictured: Worcestershire Royal Hospital, by Chris Allen/Geograph.org.uk
NHS Shared Business Services: www.sbs.nhs.uk
Skyscape delivers infrastructure for Cyber Security Challenge UK
Skyscape Cloud Services has been selected to deliver infrastructure services for the Cyber Security Challenge UK, due to its experience in providing secure cloud services to the UK public sector. The Cyber Security Challenge UK runs a series of national competitions, learning programmes and networking initiatives designed to identify, inspire and enable more UK citizens to become cyber security professionals. Phil Dawson, CEO of Skyscape Cloud Services. "There is much concern regarding the UK's predicted 'cyber skills shortage', so it is great to see initiatives such as the Challenge helping to motivate and equip the next generation with the skills and knowledge required to defend the nation against evolving cyber threats." Skyscape's full range of assured cloud services have achieved the highest possible Pan Government Accreditation (PGA) status from CESG (The National Technical Authority for Information Assurance) - up to and including Impact Level (IL) 3 and so suitable for all data at OFFICIAL (including OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE). Skyscape recently announced that it has joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), a not-for-profit organisation which aims to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing, and to provide education on the uses of cloud computing to help secure all other forms of computing.
Skyscape Cloud Services: www.skyscapecloud.com
Cyber Security Challenge UK: www.cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk
Wycombe picks Capita for IT and customer services
Wycombe District Council has awarded a five-year contract to Capita to provide an integrated IT infrastructure and transform and run its customer services operation. As part of the contract, Capita will manage the council's hosted and local IT infrastructure, desktop services, network services, Wi-Fi and an IT help desk. Capita will work with the council to improve the range and experience of self-serve facilities, as well as introducing its mobile app engage, which will provide more choice when it comes to getting in touch with the council, finding local information or using council services. The new contract starts on 1 February 2015.