Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust announces five-year deal
Carillion has been named as the preferred provider to run estates and facilities (E&F) services at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
The announcement follows a two-year procurement process which involved the trust going out to the market to provide assurance to those it serves that its E&F services are achieving best value for money, are delivered to the highest quality for patients, and are fit for the future.
Carillion and Cofely - formerly Balfour Beatty - were the two final shortlisted external bidders competing with others to run the services, which includes cleaning, catering, laundry and linen, car parking and security. It is anticipated Carillion will take over these areas from June this year.
The board's decision to work with Carillion is pending the statutory ‘standstill’ period, which concludes at midnight on 7 April. The purpose of this statutory period is to allow the unsuccessful bidder to challenge the decision before the contract is signed. NUH aims to finalise the contract with Carillion at the end of this 10-day period.
The circa £200m contract will be for an initial five-year period, with the option to extend by a further three years subject to satisfactory performance reviews.
Peter Homa, chief executive of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "At every stage of this exercise, the bidders have recognised the strengths of the services currently provided by our in-house team. We, however, have a duty to those we serve to ensure the services we provide are value for money and to the highest standard and this is what we have remain focused on throughout this exercise.
"Carillion has extensive experience of running estates and facilities services at other similar-size hospitals and we are confident that by working in partnership with Carillion and utilising its expertise and innovative ideas for running these services, we can build on our strengths and further improve service standards for the benefit of our patients.”
Richard Howson, chief executive of Carillion, added: "I am delighted that Carillion has been selected as the preferred bidder to become a strategic partner for one of the country's largest NHS trusts. We look forward to working with the trust and to using our extensive skills and experience in the health sector to support it in delivering first-class patient services."