The Department announced its intention to sell a majority shareholding in NHS Professionals Ltd in November last year (2016). The Department received a number of expressions of interests following a successful Open Day and a number of responses to pre-qualification documents. The Department is currently in confidential commercial negotiations with interested bidders and cannot comment further on the nature or identity of bids. The Department will disclose the full cost of the process upon its completion.
In 2014 a stakeholder engagement process was undertaken by the Department and NHS P about the future of NHS P which involved talking to National Health Service trusts and various stakeholders in the Department, NHS Employers and NHS Improvement.
NHS Professionals’ NHS clients, staff, representative unions, and registered workers have been kept advised of the potential sale process since its commencement in July 2016. Prior to the announcement in November 2016 on the intention to sell, an email was shared with all NHS Professionals staff explaining the nature of the process. This information was also shared with trades unions representing staff, with whom, prior meetings had also been held.