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BT to provide flexible framework for delivering the National Programme for IT

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    1 April 2010
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The Department of Health has signed an agreement with BT that enables a new delivery approach for the National Programme for IT and has produced significant savings.

£112 million has been given back to the taxpayer in this new contract that provides NHS Trusts with the flexibility they want for managing their information priorities, based on advice from clinicians.

Along with an interoperability toolkit that the Department of Health has started to develop with the NHS, this agreement enables Trusts to have choices about the way they take systems from BT as a Local Service Provider.  This means that new national products can work effectively with systems already in place and that are continuing to meet local needs.

Christine Connelly, Director General of Informatics, said:

'We made clear last year that it is important to improve the certainty of delivery of NHS IT in the acute sector while ensuring that any innovation matches the changing needs of the local NHS.  We want Trusts to be able to choose how National Programme for IT products can work with local systems that remain fit for purpose.  This new flexible framework gives NHS London options about where and how to deploy national products, ensuring that its changing healthcare landscape is supported.  They can choose to implement deeply in some contexts or more broadly in others.  We have also secured significant savings, contributing to those outlined by the Secretary of State in December and referred to again in last week’s budget.'

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