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The Shared Services Development Network (SSDN) was established and launched in October 2001 by the Department of Health. It brings together lead Directors/Managers of organisations nationally that are developing Shared Services Organisations.

In September 2003, the SSDN was advised that DH funding for the group had ended. Members agreed that the SSDN should continue and that the National Performance Advisory Group (NPAG) should be invited to facilitate the SSDN on a subscription basis.

The SSDN continues to meet regularly four times per annum. Activities include presentations from guest speakers - from central government departments, national agencies and other organisations - on national policy and its implementation. Meetings provide a regular opportunity for networking, development of good practice and the continuous improvement of shared services. Members have also conducted benchmarking surveys including financial services and IT.

Member shared service organisations provide a varied range of services to SHAs, NHS trusts and primary care service providers across England, including financial services, payroll, HR, IT and FM services.

Membership is on an annual subscription basis and is open to any organisation (at the SSDN's discretion) interested in developing effective, value-for-money NHS shared services.