University Hospitals of Derby and Burton and Chesterfield Royal Hospital name preferred EPR supplier

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS FT and Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS FT have this week named their preferred supplier for a joint electronic patient record system, with Nervecentre.

The trusts confirmed Nervecentre as the preferred bidder for the integrated EPR, ahead of the organisations submitting a full business case in February 2024.

Through a “competitive tender process, including demonstration days and site visits to other NHS trusts who are using the systems currently” the trusts noted that “seven EPR providers presented their solutions and were scored on their social value, technical response, demonstration and commercial elements.”

It’s expected the system will take two years to be fully implemented.

Will Monaghan, chief digital information officer at UHDB, commented: “I am delighted that we have our preferred bidder. The EPR is the cornerstone on which we will transform our services for patients and make the working lives of thousands of staff better every single day. Nervecentre is an EPR that our clinical teams are excited by, and gives us the ability to deliver the experiences our patients rightly expect. While this is just the beginning for us, we have started in the right way by giving the strongest voice to those who will use the system most.”

Stephen Posey, chief executive at UHDB and senior responsible owner for the EPR system, added: “An enormous amount of work from colleagues across Chesterfield Royal Hospital and University Hospitals of Derby and Burton has meant that we are now entering the next stage of our EPR journey, and I, along with the EPR team, are grateful for all the support and input.”

In May, as part of HTN Now, we were joined by Mark Chester, assistant director at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton and Georgina Hurst from BridgeHead Software, for a presentation on the challenges of legacy applications, and the trust’s use of BridgeHead’s HealthStore.

In September, we reached out to peers and industry experts to hear their views on their own electronic patient record implementation journeys, key learnings and advice. Earlier in the year, we spoke with industry leaders to discuss EPR business cases and key learnings to consider.

At our popular HTN Now event series, we were joined by a team from Apira for a discussion on the deployment of electronic patient records, with particular focus on the choice between two key approaches: ‘get it right first time’ or ‘land and expand’.