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The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Selects Unit4 ERP and FP&A to Provide a Unified, Modern and Flexible Finance, Procurement and Planning Solution

Unit4 implementing an integrated, common system to support delivery of unified Trust and better serve its 400,000 residents

Unit4, a leader in enterprise cloud applications for people-centric organizations, has announced that its’ ERP and FP&A solution was selected by  The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (Royal Devon) to implement a next-generation ERP platform that will help unify the organization’s processes, boost productivity and reduce costs. With Unit4, Royal Devon will be able to free up resources to focus more on the work that matters most – delivering safe and trusted emergency services.​

The Eastern site operates across a number of locations in the county of Devon, providing specialist and emergency hospital services to about 400,000 residents. Its reputation as an innovative, leading acute hospital has developed over 25 years. The Eastern site, formerly the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, was one of the first Foundation Trusts to be created in England & Wales. This status has enabled it to foster closer links and a better understanding of what local people expect and need – now and for future planning.

In 2006, the North site, formerly the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) took over the management and ownership of local NHS community services, including five community hospitals, a health centre, resource centre, district nursing, therapy, and sexual health services.  In January 2021, NDHT was approved to merge with the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) to become one integrated Trust with an aim of offering high quality, sustainable and resilient services to the people of Devon. The combined Trust will provide acute, community and specialist services across Exeter, Eastern, Mid and Northern Devon, as well as some services further afield.

One key element of the integration of the two trusts is a significant investment to replace legacy Finance and Purchasing software systems across all the facilities, within both Trusts and local NHS community services. Within a year, the combined Trust has been able to plan and begin implementing a modern, forward-looking ERP platform that will be regularly updated to keep ahead of changes.

By selecting Unit4 ERP and FP&A, Royal Devon will benefit from:

  • A joint service across East and North sites that will boost people productivity, optimize processes and projects, and reduce costs to deliver maximum efficiency in times of budget pressure
  • An innovative solution that can adapt to rapidly changing priorities
  • Delivery of a trusted, high-standard financial, procurement and planning services across the new combined trust
  • Alignment across the newly formed Trust to effectively respond to changing circumstances to leverage smarter, more flexible service delivery
  • Unit4’s extensive experience in the emergency services and healthcare sector and proven implementation models that deliver rapid time-to-value, plus easy self-service configuration
  • Increased visibility across The Trust to equip decision makers with the real-time information they need to make the right calls at the right time​

“Unit4’s extensive experience in working with public sector organizations, shared services and merger environments, made it an easy decision for us to partner with them”, said Andy Clark, Associate Director of Operational Finance, The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. “By implementing modern, connected ERP systems we can make better-informed decisions to deliver more responsive services to the community and support our team to be more efficient and productive.  Unit4 will enable us to make better use of resources by streamlining processes for employees, suppliers and citizens.”

“Robust processes and planning are key to preparing for frequent change and now more than ever, it’s vital for healthcare services to make the best use of their teams’ precious time,” said Chris Richards, Regional President, UK & Ireland, Unit4. “With unprecedented levels of demand, it’s never been more essential for organizations like Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to take control and ensure their technology is future-proof, provides business continuity and is ready to adapt to a changing world.”

Further Reading

Discover how Unit4 helps organizations that deliver emergency services to the public sector get up and running twice as quickly

Read two case studies on how East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust benefits from Unit4 ERP and Unit4 FP&A

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