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An update about the ESR Transformation Programme

The procurement of the future NHS Workforce Solution continues to progress at pace following the completion of the Selection Questionnaire (SQ) stage in January and the launch of the Invitation to Submit Initial Tender (ISIT) stage in July. As some of you will be aware, we ran an engagement exercise during the Summer to obtain Expressions Of Interest from across the NHSBSA, NHS England and NHS Wales for subject matter experts, with appropriate skills and experience, to help with the evaluation of bidders’ Invitation to Submit Initial Tender (ISIT) responses. I’m pleased to confirm that we have now successfully onboarded over 60 evaluators to the programme, including representation from the ESR Service Team, and provided evaluator training sessions.

On 24 November 2023 the window for ISIT responses closed, and as expected, we received submissions from longlisted bidders. Their responses are now being checked for compliance, with the evaluation and moderation process now in progress and running through until March 2024.  After that time, we’ll then move into the Proof of Concept (PoC) and Negotiation phase of the procurement as presented below.

In addition to the procurement critical path activities, the programme is continuing to engage with the wider system in preparation for the implementation of the future NHS workforce solution. The Programme continues to do this by encouraging Chief People Officers (CPOs), ESR Leads, Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and other key local and system wide stakeholders to embark upon a transformation journey towards readiness. This will include each organisation optimising its use of the current ESR solution and improving their wider People Digital capabilities and capacity.

In Summer 2022, we ran an initial engagement survey to find out how aware people were of the Programme, and how they would like to be engaged in the future. We’re running the engagement survey again to help us measure the awareness of the programme, and how you’d like to engage with the programme. The survey will be shared in a variety of channels over the next few weeks.   Use the link text to complete the survey or you can paste the link below into your internet browser:  

The survey is completely anonymous and will take you about 3 minutes to complete. The survey is open until 25 February 2024. 

We continue to make great progress across all aspects of programme delivery, and my sincere thanks go out to all those involved for your ongoing work, dedication, and commitment. It has been a challenging and rewarding year and I hope that you manage to enjoy a well-earned rest and spend time with family and friends over the festive period.

Further information regarding the Programme can be found at Future NHS Workforce Solution Transformation programme | NHSBSA and you join in with the programme on the Future NHS Workforce Solution workspace on NHSFutures or sign up to the programme mailing list and receive periodic updates directly.


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