Swindells NPfIT review - more flexibility for NHS IT buyers

Alan Spours, Chief Information and Knowledge Officer at NHS Northwest, has told his board that a review of the National Programme for IT [NPfIT] by Matthew Swindells is expected to give the NHS more flexibility to implement interim solutions where products from local service providers are not available or not fit for purpose.

He has also told his board that a contract reset with CSC, one of three main suppliers to the National Programme for IT, was due to be signed by 6 May 2008.

He said that:

Morecambe Bay was scheduled to deploy the first release of IBM Health’s Lorenzo (R1) [from iSoft] on 16 June 2008 in its role as an early adopter. If the trust maintained this date it would be the first to deploy Lorenzo in the country.

– The new approach to Lorenzo required a revision to the new contract and a Memorandum of Understanding which was agreed in early March. A revised contract between NHS Connecting for Health and CSC was expected to be signed by 6 May 2008. “The new contract includes several improvements required by the NHS, including scope to create inter-operability between Lorenzo and existing GP systems.”

– On a review of the NPfIT by Matthew Swindells, Spours said:

“In respect of NPfIT [the review by Matthew Swindells] it is intended to recommend changes that will improve delivery to the NHS and make the programme more sensitive to the changing needs of the NHS. The Swindells Review is expected to give the NHS more flexibility to implement interim solutions where the local service provider offerings are either not available or not fit for purpose.”

Last week NHS Connecting for Health announced a list of suppliers that trusts may be able to buy from – though they may have to use their own budgets rather than receive subsidies from Connecting for Health for systems from NPfIT’s local service providers, CSC, BT and Fujitsu.

CfH says that a contract “re-set” with CSC has not yet been signed.


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