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NHS Business Services Authority

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many full-time equivalent employees are employed by the NHS Business Services Authority in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne; (282203)

(2) what his policy is on inviting in-house bids for IT applications and systems developments in the NHS Business Services Authority;

(3) where the NHS Business Services Authority’s (a) data centres and (b) service centres are located; how many people are employed at each location; and whether potential future locations for such centres have been identified.

There are 1,103.58 whole-time equivalent employees working at NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) within the City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

There is no policy within NHSBSA relating to inviting in-house bids for information technology (IT) applications and systems developments. As part of the business case process associated with any bid opportunities, the existing in-house solutions are examined and considered in terms of their capability to deliver against the objectives set out in the business case.

Information on NHSBSA’s IT centres and staff employed is shown in the following table.

NHSBSA staff split by function and location as at 31 May 2009

NHS Business Service Authority (NHSBSA) data centre and service centre locations

(A) Total NHSBSA staff employed at 31 May 2009

(B) Number of IT data centre staff employed by the NHSBSA (included in total column A)

Corporate HQ and services (including finance, HR, commercial)

Newcastle

140

Prescription services

Newcastle

676

7

Wakefield

250

Bolton

325

West Bromwich (closes 31 July 2009)

121

Patient services and student grants

Newcastle

265

Fleetwood

88

Pensions

Fleetwood

405

Dental

Eastbourne

76

Supply chain management

Alfreton

14

Counter fraud and security management

London

84

3

Regional offices (x 8)

56

Total

2,500

10

Potential future locations for these data and service centres have not been determined.