Mental health trust signs 5-7 year HP outsourcing deal

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust has signed a 5-7-year IT services deal with HP with the aim of saving money through areas such as flexible working.

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Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust has signed a 5-7-year IT services deal with HP as part of a bid to save money through areas such as flexible working.

Under the agreement, HP will modernise the trust’s technology to enable its workforce to work more flexibly and effectively, enabling it to deliver improved mental and physical healthcare in both inpatient and community services, said the trust.

The trust serves around 800,000 people across North London, and believes the HP deal will help it deliver healthcare services "nearer to those that need it".

HP Enterprise Services will deliver a range of outsourced services to support a fully managed desktop, including application hosting, network management, data centre services and remote support services.

The trust already uses HP servers, storage and networking, and is now the first trust in the UK to take advantage of services through the government's Buying Solutions Desktop21 framework agreement.

This framework aims to provide the NHS and other government bodies with a simplified approach to procurement of desktop and related services as well as saving them money.

The potential value of the 5-7 year Barnet, Enfield and Haringey contract has not been disclosed by either side. Maria Kane, chief executive of the trust, said: “The Desktop 21 framework enables us to procure IT services faster and more easily, and HP’s experience in transforming and managing technology will help us move forward with our clinical improvements more quickly and with minimum risk.”

HP says it will streamline the trust’s technology environment to deliver "clear, measurable service improvements" and will give users "anything, anytime, anywhere" data access through PCs, laptops, PDAs and tablets with unified communications capabilities.

HP will support services through its Wynyard data centre and its service facilities in Peterlee, both located in the North-East. Network management will be provided from its Sheffield site.

Two years ago, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust came under fire for reportedly telling a patient they wouldn't be able to care for them if they opted out of a patient electonic record system, as it no longer used paper records.

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