New NHS shared corporate services hub for north central London goes live

Date: 15 December 2021

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North London Partners Shared Services (NLPSS) – a partnership between 10 north central London NHS trusts to deliver more efficient and effective corporate services – officially launched this month.

NLPSS has been established in line with the model of partnership working outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan after it was stated that all parts of England would be served by an integrated care system from April 2021. One of the expectations for integrated care systems is the establishment of a shared platform for corporate and clinical support services, such as payroll, patient administration, recruitment and finance. 

The first service to come under the umbrella of NLPSS is transactional recruitment services (checks involved to make employment happen such as professional registration, IDs, references, right to work etc) which will be provided to eight of the 10 trusts in the partnership who have chosen to transfer this service to NLPSS.

NLPSS managing director, Robert Prince, said: “This new shared service is a huge achievement for partnership working across north central London.

“Currently corporate services in NHS trusts across north central London are fragmented, lack resilience and have variable quality and cost effectiveness.

“The aim of the partnership is to achieve better quality, more resilient, responsive, user-friendly and efficient corporate services. The pooling of resources also means we can prevent waste and duplication, co-invest in the latest technology, and most crucially for recruitment, reduce the time taken to hire someone, relieving pressure on the frontline.”

The adoption of automated technology will be a key part of NLPSS’s approach, which will free staff from mundane, repetitive tasks and enable them to focus more on the NHS staff who rely on their support services.

For NHS staff who will use the new shared service, the benefits will be its ‘customer-service’ ethos with the ability to support NHS colleagues immediately and the opportunity to move seamlessly between north central London organisations with an existing understanding of support services and without unnecessary duplication of employment checks.

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Notes to editors

  • The 10 trusts in the NLPSS partnership are:
    • Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust​
    • Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust​
    • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
    • Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust            
    • North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust​
    • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
    • Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
    • Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
    • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    • Whittington Health NHS Trust
  • NLPSS is hosted by The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of the partners. This means it will act as the legal entity, contracting authority and main employer of staff.
  • The partnership is not limited to the existing 10 trusts and other primary and secondary care organisations will be invited to join as the service develops. Partner trusts can decide which services they decide to transfer to NLPSS, on a case-by-case basis. For example, Moorfields and Great Ormond Street Hospital are part of the partnership but will not be transferring its recruitment services to NLPSS at present.

For more information, please contact NLPSS Communications lead, Caroline Kalu on 07881 788145.

  • Summary:

    North London Partners Shared Services (NLPSS) – a partnership between 10 north central London NHS trusts to deliver more efficient and effective corporate services – officially launched this month.

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