London NHS trusts sign £4m shared services deal

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London NHS trusts sign £4m shared services deal

Kathleen Hall

London-based NHS organisations have signed a £4m contract for a managed ICT services platform with ICT service provider 2e2 for up to five years.

Haringey Community Services and NHS North Central London Cluster (the commissioning arms of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington PCT’s) are to share their ICT services platform with existing 2e2 shared services customers Camden PCT, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust and Islington PCT.

The contract follows a major organisational shake-up at the authorities, involving the separation of the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Health Informatics Services (BEH HIS) and the merger of commissioning services across the sector through the NHS NCL organisation.

As part of the move organisations have transferred 240 servers from their internally managed services to a new data centre. 2e2 will deliver desktop management, server management and some network management services.

David Thomas, deputy director of IT for the NHS NCL Cluster, said the move would reduce costs by around 25%. “Having determined that we needed to wind up the management of our in-house service and move to an external supplier, we considered the options available to us,” he said. As part of the move 25 IT staff at the North Central London Cluster will lose their positions, with the majority to be transferred across to 2e2.

The deal began in January 2011 but was put on hold until June as the government’s healthcare plans went through a consultation process.

 


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