COMMERCIAL: Two south London mental health trusts have put forward the idea of a joint procurement of a London-wide patient record system.

A report from South West London and St George’s NHS Mental Health Trust’s chief executive Judy Wilson said her trust’s contract for the RiO system was due to expire in 2015.

The system is supplied by the National Programme for IT contract between BT and the Department of Health.

The report said: “Whilst 2015 may seem a long way off, the development of a system specification and the procurement processes typically take at least two years and are time consuming.

“The trust is ready for the next generation of electronic care systems which may not yet be commercially available; in which case the procurement would be to enter into a partnership to develop a system, adding to the lead-in time for implementation. The re-procurement of RiO would therefore need to get underway this year.”

The paper proposes a formal cost sharing arrangement with Oxleas NHS Trust and said there were options for a shared single database.

It added: “The chief executives of South West London & St George’s and Oxleas have agreed to be the lead chief executives.”