Secondary Care

Manchester University NHS and Siemens Healthineers agree 15-year, £125m partnership

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) and Siemens Healthineers have agreed a 15-year partnership, representing a £125 million investment.

The partnership covers the provision and replacement of key radiology equipment, including over 350 installations, across eight hospital sites, part of the Trust’s transformation journey.

Catherine Walsh, Divisional Director of Imaging for MFT, said: “This is so much more than a simple contract. It’s a 15-year partnership, a relationship enabling us to provide the very best in care delivery for the people of Greater Manchester.

“Demand for our imaging services is increasing by 5 to 10 percent every year, yet we’ve had to reduce our throughput to deal safely with COVID-19.

“This new relationship gives us the confidence that we’ll be able to continue to invest in the latest technology with the flexibility to adapt it to our needs, now and into the future. All associated factors such as maintenance and budgeting are taken care of. Ultimately, the partnership will enable us to focus on delivering the best patient experience while at the same time helping us to attract and retain leading talent, and develop staff to unlock their full potential.”

The contract includes the planning, installation, maintenance of critical medical equipment, on-site support, guaranteed performance, and staff training.

Bernd Ohnesorge, President Europe, Middle East and Africa at Siemens Healthineers, added: “We are pleased to enter this major partnership with MFT to support the transformation of care and drive modernisation and digitalisation of medical technology across their hospitals, directly benefitting patients in the Greater Manchester area.

“This partnership represents one of the largest and broadest in scope that Siemens Healthineers has, up to now, engaged in Europe. It will also serve as an example of how innovative partnership solutions can transform care delivery for healthcare providers globally.”

In May 2020, Manchester University NHS signed a £181m, 15 year deal with Epic for its electronic patient record solution. The EPR solution, which will be called Hive, will eventually provide a new ‘operating system’ for MFT which will replace current IT systems, including three existing EPR and Patient Administration Systems and a number of smaller specialty systems.