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Northern Ireland Health and Social Care on course to save £43 million within 10 years

IT systems project goes live

21 September 2015 – A new IT systems project intended to deliver a country-wide finance, procurement and logistics solution within the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) in Northern Ireland has successfully gone live with the full roll-out completed across Health and Social Care NI (HSCNI) and HSC Business Services Organisation.

Further to the success of the roll-out, HSC Business Services Organisation has implemented further solutions including Advanced Computer Software Group’s (Advanced) Cloud Invoicing more recently. The solution will be used to speed up the approval of up to 250,000 supplier invoices each year, unlocking further efficiencies.

DHSSPS contracted the Business Solutions Division of Advanced to deliver an integrated finance, procurement and logistics solution - a key part of its Business Services Transformation Programme (BSTP).

This programme is transforming the delivery of critical business functions in Health and Social Care (“HSC”) in Northern Ireland and is expected to save circa £43 million over a 10 year period. Advanced’s contract with the Department is worth £17m over the contract period of 10 years.

Sam Waide from HSC Business Services Organisation says “The new solution from Advanced is a major step towards achieving demonstrable annual savings over the next 10 years and we look forward to using these savings in frontline health and social care services for the benefit of our patients.”

This Advanced project has seen the successful go live of the financial management system (FMS) with integrated workflow, electronic procurement, document management, cash management, and budgeting and forecasting functionality within the HSC’s Business Services Organisation.

The FMS has been successfully rolled-out to all 16 HSC organisations. As part of the Advanced delivery, an integrated logistics system has also been deployed for streamlining the replenishment of products in hospital wards, theatres and the community.

Mr Waide from BSO also comments, “To achieve this go live within 20 months of the contract being signed is a great achievement and is testament to the excellent relationship we have developed with Advanced and the hard work and cooperation of the HSC staff. We are now experiencing the benefits the integrated solution offers and developing further plans to maximise the benefits the solution and technology offers.”

Dean Dickinson, Managing Director, Advanced Business Solutions (Public Sector & Enterprise division), says, “The finance, procurement and logistics solution is key to standardising and automating processes across HSC, improving operational effectiveness and delivering administrative savings.”

The £17 million deal is the largest in Advanced Computer Software Group’s history.
Advanced Business Solutions is an Advanced Computer Software Group company. The Group won Tech Company of the Year in the prestigious UK Tech Awards 2014 and ranked in the Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50, which recognises the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK.


Notes to Editor

About Advanced Business Solutions

Advanced Business Solutions (Advanced) provides leading integrated business applications and services that enable public, private and third sector organisations to retain control, improve visibility and gain efficiencies whilst continually improving corporate performance. Advanced prides itself on getting close to its customers by understanding their businesses and responding to their evolving needs.

Advanced’s software systems comprise core accounting/financial management, procurement, supply chain management, human resource, payroll and customer relationship management systems. These systems are integrated with a range of collaborative, document management and business intelligence solutions to extend the value and effectiveness of front and back office departments.

Management information systems for school and academies are provided through Advanced’s subsidiaries, Advanced Learning and Compass Computer Consultants. Advanced also provides specialist vertical solutions for the not-for-profit, sports, arts, live events and legal markets. All solutions can be delivered as a managed or bureau service.

Customers are from both the public and private sectors and include Companies House, Newcastle City Council, NHSScotland, Norfolk Constabulary, Edge Hill University, WH Smith, Royal Bank of Scotland, Aer Lingus, National Express Group, DFS, Liverpool FC, Goodwood, CIPD and RSPB.

Advanced Business Solutions is a division of Advanced Computer Software Group Limited, a leading supplier of software and IT services to the health, care and business services sectors. In 2014, the Group won Tech Company of the Year in PwC’s UK Tech Awards. Advanced was also ranked in the Deloitte UK Fast 50, which recognises the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK and ranked in the top 300 technology companies in Deloitte’s EMEA rankings.

Angela Mycock, Advanced Computer Software Group
+44(0)1625 856513 / 07887 415232