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NHS Arden & Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) has won a large contract to provide a range of data management services for 24 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the north-west of England.
The deal, which is worth nearly £2m a year, is the first of its kind and means the CSU will be directly supporting a regional health and social care partnership board.
The CSU will handle the area’s data management services, including operating the Data Services for Commissioners programme, which was established by NHS England to ensure local commissioning decisions are based on robust, standardised data.
As part of the programme, 10 regional offices have been set up around the UK to provide data services, secure infrastructure and analytical expertise required for data processing and management, including handling confidential patient data. The CSU will operate the north-west office and is the first to directly support the devolution arrangement.
The managing director of NHS Arden & Greater East Midlands CSU, John Parkes, said the unit has “extensive experience of providing data management and analytics across different regions and diverse populations”.
“Our team is looking forward to sharing that best practice with colleagues in the north-west to enable the delivery of robust, efficient and patient-centred care,” he said.
The CSU was chosen following a tender process as part of the Lead Provider Framework, which was set up by NHS England to allow CCGs to purchase services on a call-off basis.
North West CSU, which currently provides data services in the region, was one of two CSUs that didn’t get a place on the framework. As a result, 25 staff from North West CSU will be transferred to NHS Arden & greater East Midlands CSU. NHS Arden & Greater East Midlands CSU was created in April 2015, when two CSUs merged to create a “strong, locally responsive service”.