Mitie, a support services company, has managed to bag hard facility management (FM) services for NHS facilities throughout England. The company will provide mechanical, electrical and building fabric services for a three-year period. There are options to renew the contract twice, each for a one-year extension.
Many NHS contractors were vying to get contracts from NHS Property Services, but it was Mitie that managed to secure a majority of the lots. The company won 25 of the 31 lots for an estimated contract value of more than £100 million.
NHS Property Services has been streamlining and rationalising the care and management of its offices and primary care facilities. In February 2016, it was announced that the organisation was preparing to award 50 contracts worth £160 million for managing and maintaining its offices and facilities in the country.
During the rationalisation process of FM services, NHS Property Services consolidated over 2,300 hard and soft FM contracts. This resulted in the hard FM contracts shrinking to five, which were allotted through comprehensive tendering and procurement process.
Other NHS contractors that won FM contracts from NHS Property Services include Corrigenda UK, Integral UK Ltd., Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Graham Asset Management.
“By reducing the number of contractors we employ and setting a standard service specification, this process is driving efficiencies for the NHS, while making it easier to manage and control contracts. It has already saved millions for the taxpayer, which will have an immediate impact on the quality of patient care,” said NHS Property Services COO Dennis Markey.
NHS Property Services went on say that the rationalisation of FM services would help the NHS save about 20% from the £200 million that it spends annually for outsourcing operations to NHS contractors. It anticipates that the consolidation of the contracts will help ensure consistent quality across the country when it comes to FM services.