Complete roll-out for ESR13th March 2008
The NHSâ€™s Electronic Staff Record system is due to be fully implemented throughout March, some three years behind schedule.
The final phase will see the completion of the national implementation of the system with more than 600 NHS organisations across England and Wales going live with the centralised national human resources system.
The move comes seven years after the Department of Health announced the project and three years after it was originally intended to be completed.
With the hope of saving the NHS up to Â£400m over the next decade, the system will hold the details of about 1.3m NHS staff members and replace 28 core payroll systems and 67 legacy human resource systems.
The Department of Healthâ€™s ESR programme director Simon Willcock said: â€œIn the early phase of the project our priority was to ensure that the ESR application was fit for purpose before it was deployed in any NHS organisations. The attention paid to this delayed the start of implementation and the project was reset to reflect this. Since then the ESR implementation has remained on plan.â€?
However, while emphasising that the core system implementation had been a success, he stressed there was still more work to do to ensure it â€œbeds inâ€? to its maximum effect.
The system has gradually been deployed since March 2006, introduced in waves across 50 organisations at a time.
The next step is for NHS trusts to begin to use the full functionality of the system and apply it to self-service training and e-learning for staff.
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