Nine community and child health providers in the South have signed contracts to deploy TPP’s SystmOne, backed with central funding.

TPP said it received the last of the signed South Community and Child Health Programme contracts today.

The government signed off the £32m business case for the programme earlier this year that will see SystmOne Community, Community Hospital, Child Health and Minor Injuries modules deployed across the South.

Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust will be the first trust to go live with the system.

Director of community health services Val Graves said staff are enthusiastic about the implementation.

“The introduction of a patient administration system is a huge leap forward for both patients and staff,” she said.

“It will enable much better co-ordinated care to be delivered, reduce the burden of paperwork and duplication and streamline our clinical and administration processes.”

Health minister Dr Dan Poulter said: “Electronic health records for community and child health services in the South will help improve safety, speed up care and help make sure the NHS gives the best services for patients.

“We want the NHS to continue to make progress and develop local solutions so that more services see the benefits of taking patient information from notepad to secure, comprehensive electronic records."

TPP was named as the successful bidder on the southern procurement in December last year. It will work with Accenture over the next few months to start deploying to all nine sites.

The nine providers who have signed contracts are: Plymouth Community Healthcare; Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust; Sirona Healthcare; Peninsula Community Healthcare; Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust; East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust; Kent Community Health NHS Trust; Sussex Community NHS Trust and SEQOL social enterprise.

The organisations attracted central funding for their deployments after receiving nothing under NPfIT.