24 July 2014 02:26


News
Twitter RSS Newsletter Send to a friend
18

New consultancy wins Cambridge contract

23 August 2012   Rebecca Todd

A new company, EPR Works, has won the contract to project manage the eHospital programme at Cambridge University Hospitals and Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts.

The company was incorporated on 5 March this year by directors David Kwo, Keith Swinburne and Caroline Armitage.

Armitage is the eHospital programme director at Cambridge University Hospitals and Swinburne is the Papworth eHospital programme director.

Kwo, who headed the London ‘cluster’ for the National Programme for IT in the NHS in the early 2000s, when it was appointing a local service provider, also works on the Cambridge programme as a consultant.

A spokesman for the trusts confirmed the three directors of EPR Works are contracted by either Cambridge or Papworth, but said they are not employed by the trusts.

“We can confirm that EPR Works is the preferred bidder for the project management consultancy services following an open and fair OJEU competition in line with public procurement processes,” the spokesperson said.

The two trusts are involved in a major redevelopment programme to create a new health campus. The eHospital component is a marquee healthcare IT project, for which there was massive interest from suppliers.

After drawing up an all US shortlist, the two trusts awarded the software component of the electronic patient record project to Epic in April this year. The hardware and infrastructure part of the tender was awarded to Hewlett Packard.

In March, a tender was released for systems and technical consultancy services to support the programme.

The document says the trusts are looking for a company to provide the “overall programme management direction and project and programme managers for the implementation of technology and business change services.”

The two-year programme includes the transition from an in-house technical infrastructure, including networks, servers and desktops, to a fully managed service. Also, the provision of new services to support new clinical and administrative applications.

The programme will be supported by existing project and programme staff within the trusts, supplemented by clinical and non-clinical staff seconded to the programme for up to two years.

Up to ten staff will have to be recruited externally including a programme director, two programme managers, a technical architect and benefits and business change leads.

EHealth Insider contacted Armitage and Swinburne for comment but they did not respond.

Comments on this story will be moderated. Please re-read our house rules before posting.

EHI Intelligence Profile
EHI Intelligence


Related Articles:

9 News: Epic win at Cambridge | 27 April 2012
6 Insight: Insider view: Jon Hoeksma | 31 July 2012
Last updated: 23 August 2012 10:03

© 2012 EHealth Media.


Follow

More info

spotlight 99 weeks ago

You can find out more by searching for Kwo and Rotherham on this website.


Reply
Flag
 +1
Like

This comment is:

Email address:

Submit

Follow

Post

 

Top 20
spotlight
Expertise:
Other professional
Sector:
Industry
Approved posts:
140
Likes:
0
My EHI score:
140
Reward badges:

A fair process

RobinStern 99 weeks ago

Our company (Medical Mosaic) competed in a consortium bid in this process. We got to the 'final-5'. Our experience was of an unusually efficient process - hey! they even stuck to their own timetable - now maybe other NHS buyers could start doing that? A demanding PQQ stage saved them a lot of time by enabling them to shortlist 5, without the more common long-listing stage; the presentation panel included Exec Directors from the 2 Trusts (plus 3 independents from the US whose images were projected onto the walls) and was tough. The evaluation feedback was considered, full and detailed - and we didn't even have to request and wait the more usual 3 months to get it. We knew who we were up against. I wish David, Carrie and Keith every success. As Dawn French famously sang: "It should have been us".. and on another day, in another place, it will be!


Reply
Flag
 +2
Like

This comment is:

Email address:

Submit

Follow

Post

 

New Poster
RobinStern
Expertise:
Consultant
Sector:
Industry
Approved posts:
1
Likes:
2
My EHI score:
3
Reward badges:

Health Warning

Daniel Defoe 99 weeks ago

Jon, why the sudden "health warning" added to the story above i.e., "...Comments on this story will be moderated. Please re-read our house rules before posting...."?


Reply
1 Reply
Flag
 
Like

This comment is:

Email address:

Submit

Follow

Post

 

Daniel Defoe
Expertise:
Consultant
Sector:
Public sector
Approved posts:
557
Likes:
0
My EHI score:
557
Reward badges:

Because...

Lyn from eHealth Insider 99 weeks ago

Some of the first comments to come through did not abide by the house rules and would have caused us considerable problems as a publisher.

We could just have moderated the comments without telling people we were doing that, but that wouldn't be open, or explain unusual dleays in comments going live.


Reply
2 Replies
Flag
 
Like

This comment is:

Email address:

Submit

Follow

Post

 

Lyn from eHealth Insider
Expertise:
Other professional
Sector:
Media
Approved posts:
148
Likes:
0
My EHI score:
148
Reward badges:

Reply to comment "Yes but"

lindad 99 weeks ago

The links in question are not tag generated, we pick the related articles, and in this instance we simply picked the ones that told the history of the Cambridge deal. So no conspiracy whatsoever.


Flag
 
Like

This comment is:

Email address:

Submit

Follow

Post

 

lindad
Expertise:
Other professional
Sector:
Other
Approved posts:
86
Likes:
0
My EHI score:
86
Reward badges:

Yes but...

Daniel Defoe 99 weeks ago

OK. But why, for instance are some of the EHI "related articles" which obviously mention, for instance David Kwo not included in your article footer above. I'm assuming you use tags to generate these, but, for instance, the EHI story at

http://www.ehi.co.uk/news/ehi/1171

isn't there. I'm not suggesting conspiracy, nor cock-up, but it helps us all to have more rather than less. If I were a publisher having previously published this (as you have), then I guess I wouldn't have any problem. It's just that, in my view, as a taxpayer, there's a need to know.


Flag
 
Like

This comment is:

Email address:

Submit

Follow

Post

 

Daniel Defoe
Expertise:
Consultant
Sector:
Public sector
Approved posts:
557
Likes:
0
My EHI score:
557
Reward badges:

Googled

Duck House and a Moat? 99 weeks ago

Not even a website for 'EPR works' let alone a track record..


Reply
1 Reply
Flag
 
Like

This comment is:

Email address:

Submit

Follow

Post

 

New Poster
Duck House and a Moat?
Expertise:
Other professional
Sector:
Other
Approved posts:
2
Likes:
0
My EHI score:
2
Reward badges:

Registered 5 months ago.....

Rob Dyke 99 weeks ago

Details on registration and directors shown at levelbusiness.com/j5/epr-works-limited where you can click to find other companies the Directors are involved in.


Reply
2 Replies
Flag
 +1
Like

This comment is:

Email address:

Submit

Follow

Post

 

Top 20
Rob Dyke
Expertise:
IT professional
Sector:
Industry
Approved posts:
150
Likes:
0
My EHI score:
150
Reward badges:

Interesting and informative

Daniel Defoe 99 weeks ago

What an interesting link Rob! Yes indeed, most interesting.


Flag
 +1
Like

This comment is:

Email address:

Submit

Follow

Post

 

Daniel Defoe
Expertise:
Consultant
Sector:
Public sector
Approved posts:
557
Likes:
0
My EHI score:
557
Reward badges:

One of the names was somewhat familiar..

Duck House and a Moat? 99 weeks ago

Oh yes - because he was the PROCUREMENT LEAD at Cambridge (visible to all on Linkedin..)


Flag
 +1
Like

This comment is:

Email address:

Submit

Follow

Post

 

New Poster
Duck House and a Moat?
Expertise:
Other professional
Sector:
Other
Approved posts:
2
Likes:
0
My EHI score:
2
Reward badges:

Preferred Bidder? Surely not.

Daniel Defoe 99 weeks ago

I'm only guessing, but presumably the contract won by EPR Works in this case is that which was Noticed under OJEU reference 2012/S 48-79216. However, the article above quotes a spokesman for the Trusts saying "...We can confirm that EPR Works is the preferred bidder...".

This is indeed puzzling since the Restricted Procedure (which the OJEU Notice says will be used for this procurement) contains no "preferred bidder" stage; I'm sure somebody will wish to correct this on behalf of the Trusts.

Under the Restricted Procedure, EPR Works must have won the contract because they were found as a result of formal evaluation in accordance the Trust's Evaluation Plan to have submitted "the most economically advantageous tender" in relation to the pre-published evaluation criteria including the scoring and weighting thereof.

As a consequence, it is to be presumed that little if any "Financial or Technical" scoring or weighting was applied to any economic operator in this case and that the evaluators were satisfied that EPR Works' financial standing was accordance with the requirements of Article 47 of Directive 2004/18/EC and Regulation 24 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, and their Technical Capacity was fully in accordance with the requirements of Article 48 since, of course, that is the law.


Reply
Flag
 
Like

This comment is:

Email address:

Submit

Follow

Post

 

Daniel Defoe
Expertise:
Consultant
Sector:
Public sector
Approved posts:
557
Likes:
0
My EHI score:
557
Reward badges:

Who will be first to comment?

StormOne 99 weeks ago

Will anyone comment on this, or are they worried about breaking the posting rules?

Or even litigation?


Reply
Flag
 +1
Like

This comment is:

Email address:

Submit

Follow

Post

 

StormOne
Expertise:
IT professional
Sector:
Industry
Approved posts:
11
Likes:
0
My EHI score:
11
Reward badges:

More procurement questions for Cambridge...

james77 99 weeks ago

So a newly formed company with no track history or financials wins a procurement for project management services for a large EPR implementation no doubt against companies with a track history?


Reply
1 Reply
Flag
 
Like

This comment is:

Email address:

Submit

Follow

Post

 

james77
Expertise:
IT professional
Sector:
Industry
Approved posts:
7
Likes:
0
My EHI score:
7
Reward badges:

track record

PeteMarsh 99 weeks ago

Dave Kwo has significant track record, both in UK and USA. Given the product set, that would be an advantage. How many EPR implementers have track record? - what LSP's lit up the sky's with their deliverables?. Small is best, a tight team with local accountability direct to the customer, not consultants cruising in every so often from far flung corners of the world.


Reply
3 Replies
Flag
 
Like

This comment is:

Email address:

Submit

Follow

Post

 

PeteMarsh
Expertise:
IT professional
Sector:
Industry
Approved posts:
41
Likes:
0
My EHI score:
41
Reward badges:

reply to daniel

PeteMarsh 99 weeks ago

Daniel, yes I agree they could be described as consultants cruising in every so often. But given the size of the task and their proposed numbers, it looks like a one trick pony (EPR Works), dedicated to the Cambridge Circus. Please dont misunderstand, I have nothing against consultants, I am one. But my belief for success is small, local ownership and tightly integrated (remember the word partnership we used to use) with the customer. This deals sounds like it is going that way, who employs them is largely irrelevant, I suspect local NHS pay rates may have something to do with it. I wish them well, and I hope to see EPIC do well, it is a class product.


Flag
 
Like

This comment is:

Email address:

Submit

Follow

Post

 

PeteMarsh
Expertise:
IT professional
Sector:
Industry
Approved posts:
41
Likes:
0
My EHI score:
41
Reward badges:

Yes

stan 10 99 weeks ago

And Carrie Armitage has quite a track record too and was of course the Interim Director of Information Systems and Analysis at Addenbrookes. Similar story for Keith Swinburne at Papworth. Looks like a coming together of high profile individuals/consultants that they trust in to a new company.


Flag
 
Like

This comment is:

Email address:

Submit

Follow

Post

 

stan 10
Expertise:
IT professional
Sector:
Public sector
Approved posts:
54
Likes:
0
My EHI score:
54
Reward badges:

Track Record

Daniel Defoe 99 weeks ago

Pete, I think that those of us who have been around in NHS IT as long as we both have will be fully aware that David Kwo has a track record of all sorts. Likewise, Carrie Armitage. You ask "...how many EPR implementers have [a] track record?... and the answer is, of course, very few. Last, and forgive me for suggesting it, but couldn't EPR Works, and even their constituent parts also be described as "...consultants cruising in every so often..."? And as far as "...a tight team with local accountability..." is concerned, surely this is for the client to ensure and have, not the consultancy appointed to deliver a service contract. I'd understand it if the people concerned became Trust employees, but they're not.


Flag
 +2
Like

This comment is:

Email address:

Submit

Follow

Post

 

Daniel Defoe
Expertise:
Consultant
Sector:
Public sector
Approved posts:
557
Likes:
0
My EHI score:
557
Reward badges:

And the award go to ....

nike 99 weeks ago

....an incumbent. Well fancy that.


Reply
Flag
 +2
Like

This comment is:

Email address:

Submit

Follow

Post

 

nike
Expertise:
Consultant
Sector:
Industry
Approved posts:
69
Likes:
0
My EHI score:
69
Reward badges:
 
[1]

EHealth Media Limited
EHealth Insider is managed and maintained by EHealth Media © 2014
Registered Office: 11 Campana Road, London SW6 4AS
Registered No. 4214439 | Vat No. 774 4008 29
About us | Advertise | Terms and conditions | Privacy policy | Cookie policy | Contact us