The ESR Programme

The Electronic Staff Record Programme is commissioned by the Department of Health (England).  The programme is led by the NHS ESR Central Team who works in partnership with IBM to oversee the operational delivery of the ESR solution.

ESR exclusively offers the provision of an integrated hire to retire workforce management solution for the NHS in England and Wales. 

The solution is developed by the NHS for the NHS.  With organisations having access to regional account managers and functional experts, they are supported to progressively implement all aspects of the solution, using best practice processes. The effective use of ESR is intended to drive efficiency and productivity improvements across the NHS. Specifically, rationalisation of corporate service functions, such as recruitment, HR, and payroll can be achieved by embracing the opportunities that a national integrated solution such as ESR brings.

From its inception to full roll out ESR was required to successfully deliver against the financial targets set out in the original business case; to date the use of ESR functionality has enabled the NHS to deliver £83.14m cash releasing benefits and £133.37m non-cash releasing benefits. 

The recent investment into the infrastructure and capability of the ESR solution gives all NHS users – not just professional users – the ability to interact with ESR at any time, from any device, at any location in the UK. 

With increasing pressure on NHS budgets the ESR solution is supporting organisations to reduce costs, improve workforce planning and management and empower NHS employees to take ownership of their personal data.