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Monday 02 April, 2007

Xansa PLC

Contract Win

Xansa PLC
02 April 2007

2 April 2007

                NHS Shared Business Services becomes the largest
                external payroll processing provider in the NHS

  NHS Professionals signs £19 million finance, accounting and payroll contract

Xansa, the outsourcing and technology company, is pleased to announce that NHS
Shared Business Services has signed a £19 million, six year contract to provide
finance and accounting (F&A) and payroll services to NHS Professionals, the
Special Health Authority which provides high quality flexible staff to NHS

Under the contract, which will provide over £5 million guaranteed cost savings
over the life of the contract, NHS Shared Business Services will deliver payroll
processing and F&A services to NHS Professionals' 58,000 flexible workers,
customers and suppliers.  The service will be delivered from Tingley, Leeds
where both NHS Shared Business Services and NHS Professionals' National Finance
Centre are located, Southampton and from the integrated delivery centre in Pune,

NHS Shared Business Services is the Department of Health's preferred provider
for corporate shared services and this contract will integrate the NHS' largest
single payroll operation with NHS Shared Business Services' existing NHS payroll
service.  Outsourcing the F&A and payroll services will enable NHS Professionals
to reduce its backoffice costs and take advantage of enhanced F&A functionality.
  It will also provide NHS Professionals with greater flexibility for future
business growth.

Commenting on the announcement Andy Leary, Director of Finance, NHS
Professionals said:

"This contract will help us to move forward with the strategic development of
NHS Professionals and it will deliver guaranteed cost savings in excess of £5
million.  The service offered by NHS SBS will also provide access to additional
functionality that will add to our financial management."

Commenting on the announcement Peter Coates, Deputy Director of Finance,
Department of Health, said:

"This contract brings together two key members of the NHS family to realise cost
savings and allow more doctors, nurses and clinical staff to concentrate on
patient care".

Commenting on the announcement Alistair Cox, Chief Executive, Xansa said:

"We welcome NHS Professionals into the growing family of NHS organisations that
are already making financial and business efficiencies. A quarter of all NHS
Trusts are now part of NHS SBS and we can see massive opportunities for driving
out costs, reducing the administrative burden and opening up a new era of
opportunity and change throughout the NHS.  This contract represents a step
change for NHS Shared Business Services, expanding its payroll offering to make
it the largest payroll provider in the NHS.  It also further underlines NHS
Shared Business Services' position as the leading back-office shared service
provider in the UK public sector."


Gordon Stuart                                        Giles Sanderson, James Melville-Ross
Finance Director, Xansa                              Financial Dynamics
Tel : + 44 (0)8702 416181                            Tel : + 44 (0)20 7831 3113

About Xansa

Xansa is a UK-based outsourcing and technology company with over 8000 people in
the UK and India.

With a 45-year history of sustaining long-term relationships and pioneering
better ways of working, Xansa drives real and long-term cost reductions and
performance improvements. Committed to delivering guaranteed business outcomes
through a combination of technology and process expertise, Xansa gives clients
across the private and public sectors the freedom to do more.

Xansa is listed on the London Stock Exchange (XAN.L) with revenues for 2006 of
£357.3 million.

Further information on Xansa can be found at:

About NHS Shared Business Services

NHS Shared Business Services is a joint venture between the Department of Health
and Xansa.

Since being established in April 2005 it has grown to cover 113 NHS
organisations recognising the benefits and joining its NHS collective. With
nearly 800 people employed and 3.1 million transactions processed per annum, it
delivers to more than 200,000 users across the Health Service.

NHS Shared Business Services' centres of excellence in Leeds, Bristol &
Southampton, and Pune provide finance, accounting, procurement and payroll
services. By using a shared technology platform, its data reporting tools allow
its clients to have a clear focus with which to strategically manage and develop
their businesses.

Freeing up £224 million to be re-invested in frontline services, the back-office
group efficiencies that it is providing are invigorating investment for
frontline NHS delivery.

For further information, please visit

About NHS Professionals

NHS Professionals is a Special Health Authority that provides NHS Trusts with
access to a dedicated service for flexible staff recruitment and management.

Working in partnership with NHS employers, NHS Professionals provides nurses,
care support workers and hospital doctors to Acute, Mental Health and Primary
Care Trusts throughout the country.

As well as directly managing the provision of temporary staff to Trusts, NHS
Professionals also has strategic responsibility for:

1.       The strategic oversight of flexible labour markets within the NHS

2.       The management of agency framework contracts

3.       The setting of standards and the policy framework for NHS flexible

The organisation takes account of the need to:

•          Control quality and risk

  • Provide a highly skilled and fully trained workforce

•          Manage costs

NHS Professionals supplies nursing staff and/or doctors to 124 Trusts and
currently has almost 60,000 flexible workers registered on its bank. To give an
indication of the size of the organisation, NHS Professionals fills over two
million nursing shifts annually, equivalent to four shifts every minute of every
hour throughout the year.

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