Our latest roundup of contracts and go lives features a contract for KPMG to ‘promote adoption’ of the controversial federated data platform, and North Tees and Hartlepool implementing InterSystems’ TrakCare EPR.

NHSE awards £8.5m contract to KPMG to ‘promote adoption’ of FDP

NHS England has awarded an £8.5 million contract to consultancy firm KPMG to “promote the adoption” of the federated data platform (FDP) by trusts and integrated care boards (ICBs).

Following the publication of the contract details on Friday 12 April, HSJ reported yesterday that KPMG will provide “technical support and implementation services” to the NHS on the FDP from now until 17 March 2026.

It will work with NHSE, trusts and ICBs to “implement the federated data platform software”, “develop and execute strategies to promote the adoption of nationally provided solutions” and “support ICBs and trusts in implementing their individual federated platforms”.

According to the contract details KPMG should have supported 40 trusts to implement the FDP within nine months of the deal being awarded on 14 March.

Queen Victoria Hospital NHS FT awards Altera £10m EPR contract

Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has awarded an estimated £10 million contract for its electronic patient record system to Insight Direct, subcontracting services to Altera Digital Health.

To meet NHS England’s target for trusts to have an EPR by March 2026, Queen Victoria Hospital has procured Altera Sunrise EPR, which includes Core Clinicals, Order Comms, eObservations, Secure Health Messaging, Mobile, Patient Flow, Clinical Performance Manager, Theatres, e-Prescribing and PAS, all supported by Altera Managed Services.

The contract is set to run for an initial period of five years, taking it up to March 2029. The estimated value of the contract is £10,631,245. The award notice notes the potential for the contract to be extended for a further two years, up to a maximum contract length of seven years, bringing the overall estimated value to £12,158,471.

North Tees improves nurse admissions process with TrakCare

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, in collaboration with InterSystems, has implemented a digitalised ward admissions process that focuses on empowering nurses to prioritise patient care over paperwork, marking a significant leap forward in healthcare efficiency.

The new process represents an additional functionality to InterSystems’ TrakCare EPR. It ensures up-to-date patient records, minimising the risk of errors associated with manual data entry, and ensuring patient information is reliable and readily accessible to the care team. 

NHT’s clinical and digital teams collaborated to implement a seamless digital workflow that includes four key benefits. It provides nurses with real-time patient records at their fingertips, it’s available digitally from any location in the hospital, it eliminates the delays associated with manual retrieval, and it enhances patient safety and care quality.

Black Country NHS teams first to roll out improvement platform

Black Country maternity teams are the first in the region to roll out a digital platform to engage with frontline staff and use their feedback to improve patient experience.

The Black Country Local Maternity and Neonatal System has struck a three-year partnership with ImproveWell. The ImproveWell platform will now be used in maternity services at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust.

The platform is designed to help NHS organisations tailor the way they collect real-time frontline feedback, as well as supporting them to quickly identify areas for improvement, and suggested solutions based on needs at a local or organisational level.

Jersey General Hospital goes live with System C CareFlow

Jersey General Hospital has successfully implemented System C’s critical care solution, CareFlow, marking a significant milestone in its digital transformation journey.

The solution has been rolled out in its adult and neonatal intensive care units. As a result, Jersey General Hospital can boost patient safety as well as fulfil several higher-level HIMSS digital maturity accreditation requirements.

System C’s CareFlow was initially implemented in the neonatal intensive care unit in May 2023, before being extended to the adult ICU six months later. Clinicians are now able to save time by gaining ready access to patient information by combining data from multiple sources and tailoring it and relevant tasks to meet specific clinical purposes. This is also supporting informed decision making, enhancing patient safety.