Proof that £13bn NPfIT was supposed to cost £5bn

Now that the central spend on the NHS’s National Programme for IT [NPfIT] has officially exceeded £5bn – even without local and some other costs – Computer Weekly is publishing here for the first time a Government document which put the total lifecycle cost of the national programme at £5bn in 2002.

The Office of Government Commerce’s 4-page Project Profile Model was expunged from the published version of Delivering 21st Century IT Support for the NHS, a Department of Health document which marked the launch of the NPfIT.

Project Profile Models, which have been superseded by OGC Risk Potential Assessments, were used by senior responsible owners to assess the risks of their projects.

The senior responsible owner attrubuted a score to different project characteristics including size, complexity, novelty, business criticality, political sensitivity and cost. The Project Profile Model on NPfIT gave a score of 53 out of a possible 72. Any score over 40 put a project into the “high risk” category.

This is the Project Profile Model for the NHS national IT programme which was removed from Delivering 21st Century IT Support for the NHS.

Page 1 – Project Profile Model – NHS IT programme

Page 2 – Project Profile Model

Page 3 – Project Profile Model

Page 4 – Project Profile Model


Delivering 21st IT Support for the NHS – official version

Private Eye Special Report on the NPfIT – IT Projects blog

Guilty Until Proved Innocent  

DH ICT spend