Cornwall Council’s Cabinet has recommended that the contract for the Strategic Partnership for Support Services should be awarded to BT.
Under the terms of the contract, BT will deliver guaranteed savings of £17.6 million over the ten year period. The company is also committed to creating 510 new jobs in Cornwall and to protect 181 existing jobs in Truro.
“This represents a good and manageable deal both for the Council and for Cornwall” said Council Leader Jim Currie. We welcome the partnership with Health and BT and the potential savings which can be generated. We also welcome the commitment to creating new jobs in new areas.”
The contract covers a range of services, including ICT support, Telehealth and Telecare, document management, invoice processing, payroll and employment support and improving information sharing.
Peninsula Community Health will play a key role in contributing its Telehealth Service to the partnership. It is estimated that a “significant number” of new jobs could be created in Cornwall through the expansion of this service under the new contract.