Why is the service being changed?
The current Department of Health contract with NHS Employers to provide the NHS Jobs service comes to an end in 2011.
The Department of Health and the Welsh Assembly are committed to continuing the provision of NHS Jobs as a universal and free at the point of use service. A competitive tendering exercise is currently underway to identify a provider for the NHS Jobs service from next year.
The new contract is expected to commence at the start of 2011. NHS Employers will continue to offer the existing NHS Jobs service to the NHS, free at the point of use, until the new service starts. For existing NHS Jobs licence holders the service will continue as described in the licence. NHS Employers will be working closely with NHS North West who is leading the re-tendering to help ensure continuity of service and that the new NHS Jobs will continue to provide the services that employers want.
What is going to be in the new NHS Jobs?
The service will be based on the current service but is expected to include a significant number of enhancements which will provide benefit to users.
Electronic recruitment software and web delivered services have developed significantly since NHS Jobs was first introduced. It is expected that a competitive tender will result in an improved service providing a wider range of services to a wider range of organisations than the current service.
A user group has been established to identify requirements and members of this group will also be involved in dialogue with prospective suppliers and in the evaluation process.
Who is running the project?
The procurement is being led by Dean Royles, Executive Director Workforce & Education, NHS Northwest.
North West Collaborative Commercial Agency is responsible for the procurement.
Department of Health policy lead is John McKenzie, and the project manager is Ian Hughes.
The user group has been established from trust, PCT, SHA, Welsh NHS, NHS Employers and DH representatives.
What are the timescales?
The contract will be subject to competitive tender via the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) and a Prior Information Notice (PIN) has already been placed. NHS Jobs is a very significant jobs board and is expected to draw a great deal of interest from suppliers.
It is expected that the new contract will be awarded towards the end of 2010 with the service going live as soon as possible after. NHS Employers will continue to offer the existing NHS Jobs service to the NHS until the new service is launched.
How do I make contact with this project?
Anyone who wishes to contact the project should contact the project manager, Ian Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org.