Payroll department to remain at Trust

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Payroll department to remain at Trust
30 May 2014

The Trust Board has decided to keep the payroll department in-house following a review of two support functions at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

The review set out to identify cost saving opportunities whilst maintaining and improving service quality relating to the HR advisory and payroll services at the Trust.

The options of outsourcing the services or keeping the services in house, in line with proposals developed by staff in partnership with Trust management and trade unions, were carefully considered.

The internal reviews were comprehensive and thorough, encouraging staff to examine how the current services are provided and to identify new ways of working, with better use of technology.

After careful consideration the Trust Board decided that the internal staff proposal to deliver payroll services in-house should be supported.

Dr Gillian Fairfield, chief executive at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said:

"The Board was impressed by the staff proposal and the way in which staff had worked hard to help the Trust make financial savings whilst maintaining a high quality payroll service. The Board recognises and supports the partnership working that has helped secure this outcome."

The Trust Board also considered both outsourcing and internal proposals for the HR advisory service, but asked for further details on both proposals before making a decision.

Jean O’Donnell, UNISON branch secretary said:

“This is fantastic news. The in-house staff at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust can provide a superior and more cost effective service. UNISON has supported both teams through the consultation period and is delighted to see that payroll jobs will not transfer to a private company.”