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Central and North-West London NHS trust issues £80m IT services tender

David Bicknell Published 22 February 2013

Trust says decision for a new ICT service is necessary to deliver infrastructure component of five year strategic programme

 

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust has issued an £80m tender for new ICT infrastructure services to support its end users and staff across its estate.

The tender, issued this week, covers the provision of ICT infrastructure services to the trust to support around 5200 end users and 5500 staff across around 150 sites.

The contract, when awarded, will cover the provision of services, such as service desk, service management, data networks, data management, information management, and transition and implementation services.

The tender says bidders must be able to flex their service arrangements to take into account changes in technology and organisational structure that will occur during the term of the contract, introduce innovation in the use of technology by the Trust and be able to cover potential clinical or information systems, business applications, integration and portals and digital service user engagement, such as telehealth.

In a statement, the trust said its decision to go to tender is necessary to deliver the infrastructure component of a five year ICT strategic programme of work to help staff work more effectively and efficiently whilst improving patient care, ensuring the confidentiality and the ability to deliver the right information to the right people at the right time.

"Just as we are constantly reviewing how we provide care in order to provide high quality services, so too we are reviewing our ICT provision to ensure we have the right infrastructure to support the way our staff work now and in the future," the Trust said.

"We are looking to bring in tried and tested technologies and managed services which have long been standard in other industry sectors. A robust and flexible communication and information platform will enable our staff to do the best job they can, in turn enabling them to deliver the best possible care for our patients."

 

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