Royal Hospital release statement on outsourcing some of its services

Chesterfield Royal Hospital has confirmed the trust is to outsource some of it's services to a private company, following a decision made back in March.

A spokesperson for the Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said:  "The Trust completed a thorough and lengthy review process to determine how its medical device management and decontamination services should be provided in future, making the decision in public at a Board of Directors meeting in March.

"It’s a service that is essential to the safe and effective running of clinical services and by outsourcing we are able to protect terms and conditions for existing staff, make quality and compliance improvements, along with reduced equipment supply and maintenance costs.

"Unlike many other outsourced models the Trust’s contract stipulates assurances that decontamination services, including endoscopy decontamination, will remain on site. 

"There are also proposals for theatre equipment management, endoscopy equipment management, along with joint working options and innovation that would lead to exemplar reference site status.

"Staff have been fully briefed on the situation and recognise the benefits in relation to securing decontamination services for the future, along with career development opportunities and investment to accredit the service.

"Protecting valuable support services and jobs for staff in these services has always been our priority in any decision making process about their future."

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