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News shots …. 13 October 2013



New system for managing CHC placements

Valuing Care has launched an online system to help commissioners in the health and social care sector to manage and purchase Continuing Healthcare (CHC) placements. The company said the technology is the first of its kind in the health and social care market, and enables CHC placements to be commissioned in the most cost effective manner. 

It is based on Valuing Care’s cost models and data built up from 10 years of collecting care provider costs, and includes a cloud based infrastructure, a clear audit trail of purchasing calculations and decisions, the ability to tailor national cost drivers to a local level, and the ability to build up local data to benchmark and compare provider margins.


Two trusts turn to NHS SBS

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust have signed three year contracts with NHS Shared Business Services for payroll and pension services. Both were migrated to the NHS SBS Centre of Excellence at the beginning of this month.

David Morris NHS SBS Managing Director said: “As well as standardising and transforming the processes, we will also be seeking to identify areas for continuous improvement and ensuring that we deliver maximum value over the term of the contract.”

About half of NHS provider trusts now take services from the joint venture between the Department of Health and Sopra Steria.


Renfrewshire to use Unit4 ERP

Renfrewshire Council has contracted to use the Unit4Enterprise Resource Planning web based platform, with implementation and support from digital technology specialist Agilysys. It is aiming to use the system to streamline its business processes and remove duplication and paperwork, along with providing council managers with real time information.

The council’s chief executive, Sandra Black, said: “The new system will make it simpler and quicker to get things done, which will benefit our customers and ensure that we make best use of our budget to deliver frontline services.”


Isle of Man Constabulary gets Connect

The Isle of Man Constabulary has signed a five year contract with Northgate Public Services to use its Connect platform for investigations, intelligence, case and custody records. This is said to be the largest technology investment the force has made in more than a decade, and is due to go live next year.

It is the 13th force to sign up for the platform and has followed Lancashire Police in planning to use Connect as a standalone platform rather than with the Athena records management system.

Chief constable Gary Roberts said: “Our vision is to use the technology to predict, respond and ultimately to prevent crime.”


Sussex Police takes up O2 for mobility programme

Sussex Police has taken steps to support its mobile policing programme with a suite of services from O2 in partnership with Airwave. They are currently in delivery mode with user acceptance testing set expected in January.

The suite includes a number of components, including the Pronto application suite, which will enable access to the force’s Niche records management system and national policing systems.

O2 said Surrey Police, Dorset Police and Derbyshire Police have also contracted to use the suite.


HP and Actica join CESG scheme

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Actica Consulting have joined the pool of cyber security companies certified by the national technical information assurance authority CESG.

Hewlett Packard is certified for risk assessment and risk management, while Actica is certified for consultancy on security architecture, risk management and risk assessment.

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