Case Number 3626
Request Date 15/05/2014
Completion Date 12/06/2014

 

Details of the Request

I am collecting information about trusts’ bids to the first tranche of the NHS England Technology Fund. The first tranche, known as “Tech Fund 1”, was a £250m fund. Details about the fund are provided in the below link. The second tranche, “Tech Fund 2”, bids are not relevant to this questionnaire.

www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/tsd/sst/tech-fund/

My request comes in three parts. Please provide the following information:

 

Part 1: Did your trust submit a bid to the Technology Fund?

  • If the answer is “yes”, please go to part 2.
  • If the answer is “no” please go to Part 4 (parts 2 and 3 are only relevant for trusts which bid for Tech Fund 1.

 

Part 2: Please provide your trust’s bid documents

 

Part 3: Please also provide answers to the following questions in the space provided.

Please type them into this words document and then return the word document to me attached.

  • Please explain what your bid was for in one or two sentences in the space below
  • Please state how much money you bid for
  • Please state if your bid successful. If the answer is yes, please state how much money the trust is receiving and in which financial years

 

Part 4: Does your trust have a plan to have a fully operational electronic patient record?

The trust was required by NHS England to complete the plan by April 2014.

The original NHS England target set out in the “Everyone Counts” planning guidance published in December 2013 (see link below)

www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/everyonecounts-planning.pdf

The guidance said: “We will expect secondary care providers to be able to account for the outcomes of all patients they treat and to adopt modern, safe standards of electronic record keeping by 2014-15.”

The targeted was diluted by Tim Kelsey in 2013. Now trusts are only required to have a plan for electronic patient record system, rather than have deployed the system itself (see link below)

www.hsj.co.uk/news/kelsey-dilutes-digital-records-target/5055645.article#.U2yefPldWa8

  • If the trust does not have a plan, please reply to say the trust does not have a plan.
  • If the trust has a plan, please provide the plan.

 

Details of the Response

Part 1: Did your trust submit a bid to the Technology Fund?

Yes

 

Part 2: Please provide your trust’s bid documents

These were sent to the requester.

 

Part 3: Please also provide answers to the following questions. Please explain what your bid was for in one or two sentences in the space below

Three bids were submitted. They were all collaborative bids with Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

  1. Priority One: ePMA - to implement an integrated, shared ePrescribing and medicines administration (ePMA) system across the wards and departments of the three Trusts.
     
  2. Priority Two: Clincial Care Continuity - to enable clinicians to gain instant and sustained access to required patient information, at the point of care and at their desk.
     
  3. Priority Three: Clinical Portal - to enable clinicians, local health partners and patients to gain immediate access to a broad range of clinical information content at the point of care, at their desk, on the move or at home.
     

Please state how much money you bid for

  1. Priority One: 2,257k
  2. Priority Two: 2,425k
  3. Priority Three: £1,723k

 

Please state if your bid successful. If the answer is yes, please state how much money the trust is receiving and in which financial years

None of the bids were successful

 

Part 4: Does your trust have a plan to have a fully operational electronic patient record? The trust was required by NHS England to complete the plan by April 2014.

We have a Health Informatics Strategy, which is currently under review. We do not have a plan which responds directly to the documents linked below.

Health Informatics Strategy attached