Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

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Client challenge

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust was one of the first 35 Trusts in England and Wales to achieve NHS Foundation Trust status. It provides a wide range of health services to the people of Rotherham (population approximately 252,000) and to an increasing number of patients from further afield.

Every year NHS Trusts across the UK are required to create efficiency plans and make savings – these are known as cost improvement programmes or CIPs. The Trusts also need to provide their Auditors, Monitor and the Care Quality Commission with evidence of robust governance and assurance processes on the programmes, including performing Quality Impact Assessments (QIA).

In early 2015 the Director of Finance decided to establish a Programme Management Office (PMO) to underpin the change programmes and support the QIAs. The initial objective of the PMO was to ensure that the Trust Management Committees receive accurate, consistent and up-to-date information that they need in order to make informed decisions about taking corrective actions.

How did we help?

The Trust selected PM3 from Bestoutcome because of its ease of use and track-record in the NHS. Working closely with the PMO we have helped them ensure visibility and consistency of reporting across all their change initiatives.

Benefits to Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

The Project Management Office has enabled management to gain full visibility and consistency of reporting across the initiatives in the portfolio, which has led to significant improvements in the overall governance and delivery of the Programme. This allows the Committees to focus on the cost savings and efficiencies which the various projects will enable, and to adjust priorities as necessary in the knowledge that they have a full, accurate and consistent picture of everything that is underway.

Mike Pryor
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Mike Pryor

Mike Pryor is a Principal Consultant, with over 30 years of experience helping clients implement PMO tools and processes.

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