Facilities management firm Interserve has won a landmark contract with a group of NHS trusts in Leicestershire and Rutland which will include the provision of catering services at a number of facilities across the two counties.
The seven-year contract, with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the Leicester City, Leicestershire County and Rutland Primary Care Trust Cluster, represents the first time a group of trusts have joined together to manage facilities across all local NHS services, including health centres, hospitals and community services.
The first part of the contract, which is worth around £300 million, will see Interserve provide catering services, as well as cleaning, maintenance and security services, across more than 550 NHS buildings and properties.
As such, the company may well need to increase its catering recruitment levels in the region.
The second part of the contract will see Interserve and its supply-chain provider Capita Symonds support the NHS in modernising its facilities in order "make the best use of the NHS buildings and estate".
This brings the total value of the contract up to some £700 million over the seven-year period, reports cnplus.co.uk.
Adrian Ringrose, chief executive for Interserve said: "This joined up approach of combining facilities and estates services is the first of its kind in the UK, supporting the efforts of the NHS to shape services around the patient experience.
"As an experienced provider in delivering services in a clinical environment, this is a great opportunity for Interserve to work with the trusts to redefine their services and their hospitals."
Sue Bishop, director of finance for the Leicester City, Leicestershire County and Rutland PCT Cluster, added: "We have been working together to develop our estates and core facilities management services to give us the best possible quality and value for money, right across the NHS.
"A key difference with this agreement is that we have brought together the needs of patients and staff right across the NHS, giving greater scope for consistency, quality and efficiency of the services, as well as providing value for money."
Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency in the catering industry