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NHS Strategic Projects Team to be closed down

England NHS multimillion-pound contract consultants axed


21 July 2016

An "award winning" team of business consultants linked to a series of failed multi million-pound NHS deals is to be scrapped.

The Strategic Projects Team, which boasts of delivering "over £6bn of major projects," was set up to deliver the first franchise-run NHS Hospital.

NHS England has now raised "real concerns" about its work, saying the unit will be "closed down".

The team (SPT) says it intends to "eventually" complete the projects.

Formed in 2009, it has previously worked on huge contracts like the Hinchingbrooke Hospital franchise - the first deal of its kind - and the five-year £800m UnitingCare contract for older people's service in Cambridgeshire. The unit, which currently sits under the control of the Arden & Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit (CSU), also worked on the NHS Friends and Family Test, a patient ratings system aimed at improving nursing care. It has previously been honoured for its work at the Independent Healthcare Awards and Health Investor Awards.

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Professor Keith McNeil to be the first NHS Chief Clinical Information Officer

Dr Keith McNeil, Addenbrooke's Hospital


On 7th July the NHS announced the appointment of Professor Keith McNeil as the NHS's first Chief Clinical Information Officer, responsible as senior medical leader for introducing new electronic hospital records in all hospitals trusts of England and Wales. He will be supported by a Chief Information Officer, Will Smart, currently Chief Information Officer at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. Mr Smart has had an extensive career in IT across the NHS and in the private sector.

Professor Keith McNeil was the CEO of Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for about a year but resigned when their new computer system (£200M) caused major disruption to the smooth running of the hospital for several months. He was interviewed by ITV News in March this year (  when he said:

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Junior Hospital Doctors Judicial Review and new strikes

BMA press release

The BMA is now set to launch a judicial review following the embarrassing revelation that the government appears to have failed to undertake an Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) prior to its decision to impose a new contract on junior doctors in England. In trying to push through these changes, the government failed to give proper consideration to the impact this contract could have on junior doctors.

The judicial review will seek to overturn the decision to impose the new contract and provide a declaration that the secretary of state has acted unlawfully.

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