Royal Free Hospital awards £118m e-rostering framework

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust has awarded a three-year, £117.5 million framework contract for e-rostering and staff bank software framework systems.

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Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust has awarded a three-year, £117.5 million framework contract for e-rostering and staff bank software framework systems.

Atos Consulting was awarded the contract for the e-rostering system, alongside Care Systems, HMT Systems, ICS Computing, Allocate Software (formerly Manpower Software), healthcare IT company McKesson and software company Smart Human Logistics.

Apart from Atos Consulting, these six firms were also awarded the contract for the staff bank software system.

While the initial contract is for three years, there is a possible one-year extension.

The Royal Free hospital said it could not guarantee volumes, but stated in the contract tender notice: "The new framework agreement will be available to all NHS bodies in the UK, as well as other public sector or government bodies that may have a requirement for the solutions contained in the framework."

Work under the contract for both systems will include supply, installation, hosting, training, support and maintenance.

In addition to providing the staff bank software system, the companies will also deliver services to operate the system and provide associated staff recruitment and management services.

The hospital initially received 10 offers for the framework contract, and awarded the contract on 25 January 2010.

In February 2009, Andrew Way, chief executive of the Royal Free Hospital, said technical problems with the NHS patient records system left a £10 million gap in finances, and resulted in staff taking four times as long to book than previously.

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