Clinical Digital Solutions

The Clinical Digital Solutions workstream aims to improve the procurement and commissioning of digital solutions with a key focus on transformational change and driving aggregation. The team supports members with complex, multifaceted technology projects ensuring that the outcome is innovative, efficient and sustainable at a national level.

Key Highlights

Our all-encompassing Clinical and Digital Information Systems (CDIS)
framework has been structured to not only facilitate the procurement of
new systems, but also to drive the interoperability of existing systems. The
framework was launched in December 2016 and is now being utilised
nationally by trusts in conjunction with the wider health and social care
economy. It was originally intended to meet the goals of the Paperless 2020
agenda with a futureproof approach designed to enable trusts to be agile
within an ever changing digital landscape. This flexible structure marries up
seamlessly with the vision outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan. The CDS team
have provided bespoke procurement services to sixteen NHS organisations
including Trusts, STPs, and LHCRE Partnerships in order to align their digital
strategy with vital clinical transformation across 2018/19.

We work with Trusts to align their procurement strategy with their clinical
pathway transformation goals through stakeholder engagement workshops.
We recently tailor designed stakeholder workshops for a mental health trust in
order to map out their As-Is system processes with the aim of developing their
To-Be strategy for an EHR/Clinical Portal solution for an Out of Hospital Service.

The team is in the process of running an STP wide further competition for
a Managed Print Service to enable their paperless 2020 transformation
programme. They’re also working in close collaboration with a LHCRE
Partnership to facilitate a tender for a countywide citizen record platform.
Both projects will have a profound impact on wider population health through
improved data integration and joined up care leading to more efficient early
intervention and ill health prevention.

Coming up in 2019/20

The team will be launching a further two frameworks this year, including
a new Information Management & Technology (IM&T) framework and a Health & Social Care apps DPS (Dynamic Purchasing Systems) framework. The IM&T framework will
address the wider IT Infrastructure needs of Trusts which sit alongside their
specific clinical systems requirements.

In addition to the alliance we have with CCS through our workforce
workstream, the Clinical Digital Solutions team are also collaborating with
Crown Commercial Services (CCS) to reduce unwarranted variation and
duplication across the NHS technology landscape. This will be achieved
through knowledge sharing and partnership projects that optimise the
different skills and expertise that exist within each organisation.

We will continue to assist trusts with the strategy development and resource
support for the procurement and deployment of major and complex digital
solutions; providing a compliant, cost effective route to market for both clinical
and non-clinical health and social care technology requirements.