COMMERCIAL: The mental health trust has issued a tender for the provision of its managed IT infrastructure and data management services.

The trust is looking for a provider for its technology improvement programme, which is intended to “replace and improve” the services currently provided by the Sussex informatics service and the telecommunications and data services provided by the trust.

The tender, published in the Official Journal of the European Union, says the seven and half to eight year contract will be worth between £30m and £50m.

The IT infrastructure will need to support 5,600 staff working across its primary sites and smaller community sites, including newly commissioned sites.

The tender document warns bidders to be “aware of the continuing changes that are occurring both in technology and within the NHS at large”, and that they must be able to “flex” their service arrangements to take these into account.

“With this in mind, the bidder shall be required to demonstrate that they are capable of increasing the service provision to additional users by a factor of up to times 10 increase in user base over the life of the programme,” it says.

The contract, however, will specifically exclude the trust’s current clinical information systems and its reporting strategy and systems – both of which are subject to an independent review outside of the technical improvement programme.

Bidders have until 22 August to express an interest.

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