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UCLH looks for strategic technology partner

University College London Hospital NHS Trust goes to tender strategic technology partner in a 10-year contract worth between £150m to £400m

University College London Hospital NHS Trust (UCLH) wants a strategic technology partner to enhance its digital services.

The trust, which consists of six hospitals, has issued a tender for a 10-year contract worth between £150m and £400m, with two possible 12 month extensions.

It wants a partner who can “work with the trust to enhance its unified ICT service model” to support its technology vision.

This vision is to “create a digitally enabled organisation that provides staff and patients with access to the right systems, at the right place, at the right time to enable the delivery of efficient and effective patient cares,” the tender said.

This includes managing innovative technologies, delivering value for money and benefits and establishing digital services “as an ‘intelligent customer’ in how it can better source and manage commercial ICT services”. 

UCLH wants a single supplier to cover the entire scope of services under a management service agreement, such as strategic engagement, service development, data management, information governance services, user technology and information security.

It also includes service integration and management, procurement and contract management and datacentre and communication rooms.

“The use of sub contractors is permitted, but a prime contractor must be nominated,” the tender said.

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As part of a mandate from NHS England to have interoperable, electronic patient records available at the point of care by 2020, local health and care economies have to work together to integrate services.

The tender said that the total value of the contract includes the price “of the anticipated services that could be delivered to other NHS bodies in the north central London digital footprint, if so required”.

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