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Opportunities for investment in NHS Professionals Ltd

  • Published date:
    5 August 2010
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The Department of Health has announced its intention to explore options with the private sector for potential investment in NHS Professionals Ltd.

NHS Professionals is a limited company wholly owned by the Department of Health.  It is the largest provider of managed flexible services to the NHS, with a national bank of approximately 50,000 workers.  It provides workers for more than two million shifts a year and recruits approximately 1,000 flexible workers to the bank every month.

NHS Professionals currently works with over 77 acute, mental health, foundation and primary care trusts.  It provides a range of services, including nursing, medical, Allied Healthcare Professional and Administrative and Clerical staff to Trusts across England.

A Prior Information Notice has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union seeking potential investors from the private sector.

This is in line with the Government’s policy to maximise the value of assets and commercial opportunities as explained in the findings of the Arm’s Length Bodies Review.

The Department intends to hold meetings for discussion with the private sector on potential options and opportunities to invest in NHS Professionals Ltd.  Parties interested in this opportunity are encouraged to contact the Department of Health at

Notes to Editors

1. Parties interested in taking part in this exercise should register their interest at

2. Further information can be found in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) at: 230503-2010 via the link below.

3. NHS Professionals (NHSP) was established as a Special Health Authority (SpHA) on 1 April 2004 as a nationally branded managed service for temporary staff in the NHS.  On 1 April 2010, NHSP transferred its operations to a limited company, NHSP Ltd., wholly owned by the Department of Health.  It operates from its National Service Centre based in Watford.

4. For further information, please contact the Department of Health Newsdesk on 020 7210 5221

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