The Department of Health and Social Care paid McKinsey nearly £600,000 for its work on a review into NHS technology services.

The consultancy firm bagged £588,000 for seven weeks work on a major review into digital transformation in the NHS, which was ordered by health secretary Matt Hancock in July.

Hancock called for a review into how NHSX, NHS Digital and NHS England and Improvement work together to drive digital transformation in the health service.

It is headed by Laura Wade-Gery, the newly appointed chair of NHS Digital, to determine the critical capabilities and digital operating model needed across the three national bodies to drive the digital system transformation envisaged in the NHS Long Term Plan.

But a recently published contract revealed the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) drafted consultancy firm McKinsey to work on the review.

The heavily redacted contract does not disclose details of the services required of McKinsey or the key people involved. A section titled “customer alternative pricing” is also redacted.

The Department of Health and Social Care recruited McKinsey through the Management Consultancy Services Framework, run by Crown Commercial Services.

The contract ran from 3 August until 22 September 2020.

It’s not the first time McKinsey has been paid a large sum to help determine the future of technology services within the NHS.

In August it was revealed the firm had scooped £563,400 to decide the “vision, purpose and narrative” of the NHS Test and Trace programme.

A six-week contract revealed McKinsey was hired in May to outline the “mission and vision” of NHS Test and Trace by the end of June.

This included the organisations data journeys, structure, and departments it would work with.

The contract was published shortly before health secretary Matt Hancock announced Public Health England would be scrapped and merged with Test and Trace to form the new National Institute for Health Protection.

Baroness Dido Harding, who began her career at McKinsey, has been appointed the interim executive chair of the new organisation.