Published: 25/09/2012 08:00

Public sector giants sharing their expertise in transport

Written byJOSH TAYLOR

BURTON’S two biggest public sector organisations have joined forces to share the skills of an experienced manager.

Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Queen’s Hospital, and East Staffordshire Borough Council are now sharing the services of Paul Campbell.

Mr Campbell is the council’s transport manager but was appointed dually as the hospital’s head of waste disposal, transport and car parking on a threemonth contract.

This has now been extended for an extra 12 months.

Geoff Neild, head of facilities at the hospital trust, said: “Paul’s contribution to both organisations is invaluable and is a great example of how partnership working can be developed successfully when all parties are willing to pool ideas to make it happen.”

Mr Campbell spends half a day at the hospital managing the waste contract and organising transport and car parking.

The second half of his day is spent providing services at East Staffordshire’s waste management depot, ensuring the smooth running of the waste disposal and street cleaning fleet.

Mr Campbell said: “I came from a local authority background and can therefore offer a strategic view of services for both organisations.

“There is an obvious synergy between both roles which means the arrangement can work to the benefit of everyone.”

Paul Farrer, environment manager at the authority, said: “The council approached the hospital earlier in the year with a view to sharing expertise in transport management.

“We are delighted with the success of the initial three-month trial and look forward to developing the partnership further in the coming months.

“This type of arrangement enables us to share good practice and knowledge and, in the current financial climate, is a costeffective solution to running services as efficiently as possible.”

Andy O’Brien, the council’s chief executive, said: “I am really pleased that the council is able to share resources so effectively with a local public sector partner, such as the hospital. Paul, with his experience, is uniquely placed to help both organisations moving forwards.”

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