An NHS Trust has awarded a £40m services contract to ISS in a move that sees it roll catering in with a range of other functions for the first time.
Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, which covers South East London, will use ISS to deliver a wide range of soft facility services, including foodservice, cleaning, housekeeping, security and associated services.
It marks the first time that the Trust has been able to take the opportunity of testing the services across their whole estate. 250 staff will join the business as a result.
Alistair Campbell, contracts manager at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are excited about merging all these services into one single contract. There are many benefits, including the creation of one integrated team across our sites, providing great services in a consistent and coordinated way. This provides a great opportunity for innovation and I hope we will see immediate benefits.”
Chris Ash, managing director of ISS Healthcare, said the company has wanted to provide services to Oxleas for a very long time and believes it now has a “unique opportunity” of bringing everything under one umbrella.
“We have put forward a number of initiatives that will see Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust become a great example to others in the way that they deliver their soft FM services across a range of clinical disciplines,” he commented.
The contract will commence on 1 April 2019.