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Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust awards contract for dental patient management software service

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) has awarded a contract for a dental patient management software service to Newcastle-based Systems for Dentists Limited, for a reported value of 107,117.50.

Set to run for five years to February 2029, the contract looks to replace previous patient management software, which was no longer supported by the software supplier/developer. Expectations of the service provider include providing support to patients with special needs and those who have “difficulty accessing” general dental services; and managing an emergency dental service for out-of-hours care when a patient’s clinical condition requires prompt attention.

SCFT specified that the software management system needed to include cloud-based storage with a browser user access point; electronic patient medical histories and NHS Patient Record forms; an electronic patient portal to be utilised for appointment booking and communication; integrated communication systems; and integrated wait list management and reporting. Additionally, the procured system was required to provide dental-specific charting and treatment planning features, as well as dental contract and financial practice management features.

To read the award notice in full, please click here.

We recently covered the news that SCFT opened early engagement for digital tech to support clinical management of back pain, with a closing date of 8 April 2024.

Last month we looked into the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England’s plan to recover and reform dentistry, which highlights opportunities to improve efficiencies and improve digital capacity as part of efforts to “make the system simpler for the dental workforce and for patients”.

In other procurement news, Digital Health and Care Wales has opened an opportunity stating its intention to procure a medicines information solution and drugs tool, at an estimated value of more than £1.4 million. The procured solution will be a single application interface, aiming to be easily accessible to staff, which will help bring users up-to-date information and assessments on drugs and medicines.

Elsewhere, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust has awarded a contract for digital neurodevelopment assessments with an estimated value of £749,000 to online mental health, autism and ADHD service provider Healios.