Sussex Community Trust £22 million cost-saving programme

The Argus: John Lister who has criticised the link-up with Capita John Lister who has criticised the link-up with Capita

A health trust has joined forces with an outsourcing firm to help it find ways to save money.

The £22m partnership between the Sussex Community NHS NHS Trust and Capita will run for five years.

Up to 30 senior managers from the trust may be transferred to Capita because of the changes.

A formal consultation will be held with the workers affected in the new year.

The trust, which provides community services in Brighton and Hove and West Sussex, is expecting to save around £15m from the changes.

It is also aiming to achieve foundation trust status next year, which will give it greater financial freedom from the Department of Health.

Managers say Capita’s expertise will help it meet the financial standards required to achieve it.

But the news has raised concerns from health campaigners who say it is another indication of the creeping privatisation of the NHS.

They warn it will affect staff morale and patient services could be affected.

John Lister from the National Health Action Party said: “This is the latest trust to have embarked upon a partnership that can only end in reduced quality of services for patients.

“That NHS managers resort to these costly consultancy arrangements is a sad reflection of the instability of an increasingly commercialised NHS and the skewed values and priorities of shaping services around markets and competition rather than patients and their health needs.”

Trust director of finance, facilities and estates Jonathan Reid said: “We will work together as partners to build upon on our respective strengths and expertise and achieve tangible improvements for the health and care system in Sussex.

“Ultimately, it’s about delivering improved services and better care to some of the most vulnerable patients in the communities we serve.”

Emma Pearson, chief executive at Capita Health and Wellbeing, said: “The political and economic environment is challenging the NHS to deliver services more effectively and more efficiently, while still improving patient care.

“Against this backdrop this innovative partnership is designed to overcome these challenges by blending the trust’s considerable clinical skills and knowledge of the local community with Capita’s broad experience of providing, supporting and helping to transform healthcare services across the NHS and the private healthcare sector.

“We believe that we can help to genuinely improve outcomes for patients at the same time as helping Sussex Community NHS Trust achieve foundation trust status.”

The trust provides a wide range of medical, nursing and therapeutic care to more than 8,000 people a day.

It also works to help people plan, manage and adapt to changes in their health, to prevent avoidable admission to hospital and to minimise hospital stay.

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10:23am Sun 22 Dec 13

Tailgaters Anonymous says...

Deck chairs being moved on the Titanic, maybe?
Why are we led to believe that Capita, that has invaded many parts of the public sector including HMRC with questionable outcomes, is likely to establish cost savings.
A root and branch review is necessary but with players who have real expertise in managing budgets, financial operations and businesses!
Deck chairs being moved on the Titanic, maybe? Why are we led to believe that Capita, that has invaded many parts of the public sector including HMRC with questionable outcomes, is likely to establish cost savings. A root and branch review is necessary but with players who have real expertise in managing budgets, financial operations and businesses! Tailgaters Anonymous

10:39am Sun 22 Dec 13

Fight_Back says...

You only need to ask Capita staff to find out how Capita makes savings. They strip the service to the bone and make many people redundant.
You only need to ask Capita staff to find out how Capita makes savings. They strip the service to the bone and make many people redundant. Fight_Back

11:07am Sun 22 Dec 13

redwing says...

Emma Pearson neglected to mention the profits Capita will make. It makes sense then Emma to take even more money out of the NHS for these profits, does it?
Emma Pearson neglected to mention the profits Capita will make. It makes sense then Emma to take even more money out of the NHS for these profits, does it? redwing

11:42am Sun 22 Dec 13

ourcoalition says...

"innovative partnership" - management speak for job and service cuts.

After all, hip replacements and cataract operations for older people are really not that cost effective, as they are retired and non-productive.

Oh, someone just whispered to me - "wasn't it all those old people, who paid their tax and national insurance so they could rely on the NHS in their old age?"

And Crapita answered, "poor deluded fools".........!
"innovative partnership" - management speak for job and service cuts. After all, hip replacements and cataract operations for older people are really not that cost effective, as they are retired and non-productive. Oh, someone just whispered to me - "wasn't it all those old people, who paid their tax and national insurance so they could rely on the NHS in their old age?" And Crapita answered, "poor deluded fools".........! ourcoalition

12:00pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Girl Racer says...

Get it right Argus Sussex Partnership is Mental Health, Sussex Community has Jonathan Reid as FD and is community nursing care. RIP NHS
Get it right Argus Sussex Partnership is Mental Health, Sussex Community has Jonathan Reid as FD and is community nursing care. RIP NHS Girl Racer

12:56pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Andy R says...

Crapita
Crapita Andy R

1:36pm Sun 22 Dec 13

BeeJam says...

Sussex Partnership has been a foundation trust since 2007. They also provide mental health services. You have named the wrong trust. Duh.
Sussex Partnership has been a foundation trust since 2007. They also provide mental health services. You have named the wrong trust. Duh. BeeJam

3:53pm Sun 22 Dec 13

jimpy762 says...

Until the nhs and just about any other public bodies we could mention are forced to strip down senior management instead of reshuffling snouts in the trough at the expense of frontline jobs and services, we the taxpayers can look forward to paying for the bloated, self centred and monumentally inefficient civil service until we retire. And then we get to pay for them to retire on terms impossible for us to achieve ourselves. Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?
Until the nhs and just about any other public bodies we could mention are forced to strip down senior management instead of reshuffling snouts in the trough at the expense of frontline jobs and services, we the taxpayers can look forward to paying for the bloated, self centred and monumentally inefficient civil service until we retire. And then we get to pay for them to retire on terms impossible for us to achieve ourselves. Ever get the feeling you've been cheated? jimpy762

6:13pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Tallywhacker says...

jimpy762 wrote:
Until the nhs and just about any other public bodies we could mention are forced to strip down senior management instead of reshuffling snouts in the trough at the expense of frontline jobs and services, we the taxpayers can look forward to paying for the bloated, self centred and monumentally inefficient civil service until we retire. And then we get to pay for them to retire on terms impossible for us to achieve ourselves. Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?
Civil service and private company managers are no different from each other. Cuts always come down the ladder never at the top.
[quote][p][bold]jimpy762[/bold] wrote: Until the nhs and just about any other public bodies we could mention are forced to strip down senior management instead of reshuffling snouts in the trough at the expense of frontline jobs and services, we the taxpayers can look forward to paying for the bloated, self centred and monumentally inefficient civil service until we retire. And then we get to pay for them to retire on terms impossible for us to achieve ourselves. Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?[/p][/quote]Civil service and private company managers are no different from each other. Cuts always come down the ladder never at the top. Tallywhacker

8:30pm Sun 22 Dec 13

ourcoalition says...

Yes, we get cheated sometimes, but rarely do public sector organisations, charge, for example, to "tag" criminals, who are still in jail, or were even deceased - Serco and G4S. And the link - Crapita have been awarded that contract.

And then we could ask, how many Government Ministers and MP's (and opposition ones as well) sit on the Boards of these very same Companies.

And to go one step further, ask why it is that self admitted fraudsters such as Serco and G4S, are not taken into court, and, still, are not barred from bidding for more public sector contracts.

As Sherlock might have said "the answers, my dear Dr Watson, are obvious", although we don't have to be detectives to recognise vested interests when we see them!!!
Yes, we get cheated sometimes, but rarely do public sector organisations, charge, for example, to "tag" criminals, who are still in jail, or were even deceased - Serco and G4S. And the link - Crapita have been awarded that contract. And then we could ask, how many Government Ministers and MP's (and opposition ones as well) sit on the Boards of these very same Companies. And to go one step further, ask why it is that self admitted fraudsters such as Serco and G4S, are not taken into court, and, still, are not barred from bidding for more public sector contracts. As Sherlock might have said "the answers, my dear Dr Watson, are obvious", although we don't have to be detectives to recognise vested interests when we see them!!! ourcoalition

8:36pm Sun 22 Dec 13

mtmoocher says...

Does anyone want to lay me that the Foundation Status will be achieved, the service will get worse, more business consultants employed with accountancy qualifications to identify cuts - sorry savings, the CEO will get a massive hike in pay & will retire within 3 years with a golden handshake & enhanced pension entitlement. Meanwhile the real workers will become disillusioned, face wage cuts or made redundant when services are "outsourced" or privatised. The result will be a mishmash of a service, more legal challenges & inquiries into failings & a more expensive experience for the taxpayer.
Does anyone want to lay me that the Foundation Status will be achieved, the service will get worse, more business consultants employed with accountancy qualifications to identify cuts - sorry savings, the CEO will get a massive hike in pay & will retire within 3 years with a golden handshake & enhanced pension entitlement. Meanwhile the real workers will become disillusioned, face wage cuts or made redundant when services are "outsourced" or privatised. The result will be a mishmash of a service, more legal challenges & inquiries into failings & a more expensive experience for the taxpayer. mtmoocher

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