HSCIC seeking supplier to link Health and Justice
NHS England working on how to replace existing healthcare services in the criminal justice system from June 2016
The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) is looking to replace the current setup for healthcare provision in the criminal justice system.
As part of the Health and Social Care Act, NHS responsibility has been widened to include a requirement to provide healthcare to prisons, young offender institutions, immigration removal centres, courts, police custody and sexual assault referral centres (SARCs), plus other criminal justice-related sites.
The existing national clinical IT service for the residential estate, including prisons, young offender institutions and some immigration removal centres in England and Wales, is due to expire in June 2016. The Health and Justice Information Services (HJIS) project has been established to develop the investment case for future provision.
The project consists of three stages: a replacement primary care system for the residential estate; an unscheduled care system for the temporary estate; and an additional service to support information flow between the NHS and partner organisations in the criminal justice system.
These services will allow NHS England to better manage the clinical, commercial and strategic operations of the NHS and its commissioned healthcare providers across the health and justice estate, according to a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The notice adds that the first phase will require functionality to support core GP services and the residential estate, management information reporting, full data extracts, document management, and interoperability and integration with the NHS Spine, including the national summary care record, among other services.
The requirements for the final contract are still being scoped out, with an initial market engagement event due to take place on 24 February at NHS England's head office in Leeds. The contract will be formally titled 'Health and Justice Information Service Residential Detention Primary Care System.'
The pre-tender notice says, 'It is early in the planning phase, and we are seeking to engage the market, prior to pursuing a course of action - any suggestions for fresh approaches will be very well received. The outcome of the engagement and the progression of the business case will be shared over proceeding months in future workshops.'
Source: Company Press Release