NHS trusts beg IT suppliers to manage eHospital plan
It's all they IaaS of you
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS foundation trust and Papworth Hospital NHS foundation trust are seeking suppliers to provide project management and IT consultancy services for the pair's eHospital programme.
The programme, which aims to provide clinicians at the trusts with access to a single source of patient information, was sparked by the planned future relocation of Papworth Hospital to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and the expiry of licences for hospital information systems at the Cambridge trust in 2014.
The two-year contract will include moving the trusts from an in-house technical infrastructure, including networks, servers, desktop and other access devices and service desk, to a fully-managed service, according to a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).
The deal will also deliver new administrative and clinical applications across both trusts, along with support services to underpin them.
The trusts will need to use up to 10 external individuals to support the trusts' own clinical and non-clinical staff, who will be seconded to the eHospital project for between six months and two years. The external team is expected to include two programme directors, a technical architect, a design authority team leader, an applications team leader, a programme office manager and two benefits and business change leads.
A spokesman for the Cambridge University Hospitals told Guardian Government Computing: "The OJEU advertisement is for short-term external project management and business change expertise to help the hospitals implement eHospital.
"The move to a form of contract that delivers infrastructure as a service is seen as enabling the trusts to take advantage of modern technology without expensive capital investment in hardware. The trusts will retain a core IT function using the intelligent client model."
This article was originally published at Guardian Government Computing.
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Someone's going to have to do the 'expensive capital investment' - and if it's a third-party company, they'll be expecting a handsome return.
Equally, they won't have any vested interest in staff productivity, and you've put a great big contract between the people who 'do stuff' on both sides. (Being on the IT side, I've experienced managers instructing us NOT to help customers - for the technically accurate reason that what they're asking for is outside of contract.
You've replaced the union jobsworth with the contract jobsworth.
This should not be allowed to continue.
Governement itself has released a white paper stating outsourcing doesnt work, why then this drive to make this project (orig est cost £45m, estimated cost now £100m) happen.....
vested and self interests at play.
What is a Benefits and Business Change Lead and what does he/she actually do?