“South Central SHA appoints Atos Consulting and Unipart Expert Practices Alliance”

London, 7 November 2007

South Central Strategic Health Authority (SCSHA) has selected an alliance, which includes Atos Consulting, the business consulting arm of Atos Origin, and Unipart Expert Practices, to work with local NHS organisations to deliver reduced waiting times and a better experience for patients. This Transforming Care Programme represents just one of the activities that the Strategic Health Authority (SHA) is undertaking in response to the Government's 18 week standard from referral to treatment.

This work will ensure that the local NHS is able to sustain these improvements into the future making low waiting lists a reality for patients across South Central.

The alliance, which comprises Atos Consulting and Unipart Expert Practices, will be working in partnership with the SHA and the nine Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) in the region. The programme will help remove unnecessary steps in the patient pathway, so that patients receive treatment in a timely manner within the most appropriate setting. The programme will focus on building the skills and experience of the NHS across South Central so that they can continue to improve and evolve patient pathways locally.

Chris Evennett, Acting Chief Executive at South Central SHA said: “The NHS across South Central has made significant improvements over the past decade in reducing waiting times to an all time low. We want to bring waiting times down even further which will mean in the future patients will wait no longer than 18 weeks from referral to treatment. This is a big step in making a real difference to patients lives and we have appointed the Atos Consulting and Unipart Expert Practice alliance to ensure that we do this in the most cost effective and efficient way. This will be achieved through the hard work and dedication of NHS staff and reforming the patient pathway by removing any unnecessary steps in the care patients receive.”

Through the Transforming Care Programme, South Central SHA is demonstrating a proven and pragmatic approach to meeting and maintaining waiting list standards,” said Sunil Patel, Partner at Atos Consulting. “This new contract win further strengthens our position in health, a focus market for Atos Consulting where we are uniquely positioned, to lead improvements in the way care is delivered. Our wealth of experience in managing collaborative consortiums will undoubtedly be of value.”

“The combination of skills and experience brought by Unipart and Atos in helping its clients in both the public and private sectors achieve transformational change through deploying a Lean approach will provide the nine PCT's within the South Central Region with the help it needs to achieve the Government's 18 week milestone,” said Neil Smith of Unipart's Expert Practices business.

Notes to Editors
A patient pathway is the patient experience from referral through treatment and discharge and community care where appropriate, including emergency admissions.

About NHS South Central
NHS South Central covers the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It runs from Banbury and Milton Keynes at its northern edge down to the Isle of Wight in the south serving a population of around four million people.
The main responsibilities of SHAs are to:

  • Provide strategic leadership to the local NHS, ensuring national policy is implemented at a local level 
  • Lead on organisational and workforce development, ensuring organisations are fit for purpose and that the local NHS has a workforce that will meet the future healthcare needs of the population 
  • Performance manage local trusts to ensure local systems operate effectively and deliver improved performance and value for money

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are EUR 5.4 billion and it employs over 50,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

About Atos Consulting
Atos Consulting, the global consulting practice of Atos Origin, is a leading provider of business, process and technology consulting services. With more than 2,500 staff globally, it focuses on delivering proven, pragmatic solutions to the telecom, manufacturing, financial services and public sectors.

Unipart Expert Practices
Unipart Group employs more than 9000 people worldwide and has an annual turnover of more than £1billion.
Unipart offers expert consultancy in implementing Lean principles across a variety of industry sectors as well as supply chain specific expertise.
The Unipart Lean Expert Practices provides a proven approach to introducing Lean thinking in both public and private sector organisation.
The approach is based on Unipart's own experience of business transformation that spans over 20 years of successful change implementation. Expert Practitioners provide hands-on support in operational improvement both within an organisation and across its supply chain.

For further information, contact:
Caroline Crouch
Atos Origin
Tel: +44 20 7830 4233
Email: caroline.crouch@atosorigin.com

Or Sarah Eastman,
South Central SHA,
01635 2756 or email: sarah.eastman@southcentral.nhs.uk