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The Professional Services Efficiency Project - Delivering the Consultancy Value Programme in the SW. Presented by Verity Smith, SW Project Manager . Setting the scene. Consultancy is a largely unmanaged area, and therefore untapped for savings

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The Professional Services Efficiency Project - Delivering the Consultancy Value Programme in the SW

Presented by Verity Smith, SW Project Manager


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Setting the scene...

  • Consultancy is a largely unmanaged area, and therefore untapped for savings

  • We needed better control, management and MI on the consultants we used

  • Spend was escalating, year on year

  • A pilot of the Central Government toolkit in Local Government was offered by the Local Government Professional Services Group to the region, SW RIEP funding was gained

  • Savings Nationally of £285million were benchmarked as achievable


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Who’s involved?

Some of the key players who are signed up to the Consultancy Value Programme


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  • To understand how procurement of professional services (temps, consultants and interims) is currently undertaken

  • To implement a process for the management of professional services through a gateway / business case

  • To review the current arrangements for temporary staff with a view to maximising in house resource and market prices

  • To implement the consultancy value programme best practice tool kit of every new procurement of professional services which includes demand management, contract management, pricing tools, handover and benefits analysis

  • To work HR staff in the development of links between professional staff and general workforce management

  • To communicate, raise awareness and embed the project in the South West

  • To develop and install a database management system for consultancy across the South West

Key Objectives...

Better managed use of consultancy, not stopping it altogether


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Our Progress... (temps, consultants and interims) is currently undertaken

  • Fully implemented CVP in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire

  • Have a savings figure for the region of circa £10million

  • Played a key part in the formation of a new National Temps Framework, which GCC will be adopting FY 11/12 – MSTAR

  • Feeding regular information to HR on the consultants used for skills gap and workforce planning analysis

  • Taken “Negotiation with Consultants“ training into the region – Free of Charge – with excellent feedback

  • Developed a consultancy management tool and database which is being implemented in 15 LGAs and all 6 FRS in the SW


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Lessons Learned... (temps, consultants and interims) is currently undertaken

  • We don’t buy what we thought we did, the category is more complex and was managed even more poorly than we had ever anticipated

  • Don’t underestimate the time it takes to communicate with stakeholders

  • Plans change, people’s priorities shift and this can make managing a project hard work

  • Know when the role of project manager stops and the role of category manger begins

  • We’re on track to hit our savings target!


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Questions and Answers (temps, consultants and interims) is currently undertaken

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME!

To get involved contact -

Verity Smith

E: [email protected]: 07899 077414


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