The NHS has brought in three suppliers to deliver a new medical and dentistry recruitment system.
Hicom and Konetic are teaming with professional services firm Deloitte to deliver the recruitment system for postgraduate speciality medical and dental training.
The contract was won through a tender placed by Health Education England (HEE), which will cover recruitment across the UK.
Hicom and Konetic are currently responsible for the provision of service-based recruitment software to the majority of the Royal Colleges, HEE’s local education and training boards and postgraduate deaneries in devolved nations. The collaboration will see the best elements of the two competing product suites combined to create a single entry system for applicants.
A single reporting system for management information will be created, and there will also be system compatibility with applicants' tablets and mobile devices.
The new platform should improve access to careers and recruitment information, decrease the time trainees spend on submitting applications, and decrease administration time, says the HEE.
Currently over 20,000 trainee dentists and doctors apply for jobs each year across the UK, each via a different system for different specialities.
As prime contractor Deloitte will manage the overall project, taking responsibility for the design, development and testing of the single solution, as well as realigning existing business processes and managing the suppliers to deliver against key project milestones.
Andrew White, partner in consulting at Deloitte, said: "We are bringing together two otherwise competitive technology providers to drive innovation, reduce risk, and ultimately provide our combined client with a future-proof system that will deliver significant benefits to users."
The five-year contract, with an option to extend it for a further two years, will see a controlled number of specialities and applications go through a pilot stage in February 2014.
The project team will then work towards all applications and specialities being rolled out in two waves by September 2014.