Secondary Care

Greater Manchester Mental Health signs £10m deal with Civica

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) NHS Foundation Trust has signed an eight-year, £10 million deal with Civica for its electronic patient record (EPR) system and supporting modules.

The trust is to implement Civica’s cloud-based EPR and case management functionality, clinical information system and prescribing module. The software will be managed by Civica in UK data centres, and includes monitoring, risk management and support.

The contract win follows the adoption of Civica’s EPR solution by Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.

Grace Birch, Associate Director of Information Management and Technology, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust, said: “Over the past year, we’ve seen increased demand for our services as the UK’s mental health demands becomes ever more acute. This, combined with the availability of new technologies, saw us review our existing digital capabilities. Continuing our Civica partnership will enable us to improve care pathways and future-proof the trust.”

Over the course of the contract, the trust will adopt a new digital portal to provide healthcare workers with a holistic view of information while working remotely. The trust is also exploring the introduction of a patient-facing portal.

As part of the partnership, GMMH will have access to Civica’s NorthStar Innovation lab where employees and clinicians can collaborate with academia and technology experts to explore and trial new solutions for mental health provision.

Steve Brain, Executive Director, Health & Social Care, Civica, added: “Our integrated EPR software platform will support the provision of seamless care pathways, with improved access to information capture and sharing and ultimately assisting with the trust’s digital transformation and patient care for the future.”