Sirius Partners was commissioned by South West London Collaborative Commissioning to carry out a high level analysis of their informatics systems and capability.
South West London Collaborative Commissioning comprises the 6 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) in south west London who are working together, with NHS England, to develop and implement a five-year strategic plan for the local NHS.
This analysis and review was necessary to ensure that information and technology fully supported the health economy’s desire for an integrated and whole systems approach as outlined in the 5 Year Strategic Plan. This would be delivered in the context of a £210m cost reduction plan across the 6 CCGs.
The Collaborative awarded Sirius the contract after a competitive process. The Sirius tender emphasised a commitment to information technology that would drive and support transformational change and deliver the five-year strategic plan, both within the context of the budget reduction requirements.
In addition, Sirius was clear about the importance of staff engagement. Transformational change projects can fail if staff do not feel as if they are involved and part of the process. The Sirius bid was successful as it demonstrated a coherent plan to engage with relevant stakeholders throughout the process. This was seen as essential to the success of the project and the longer term sustainability of the collaborative.
What We Did
Sirius Partners initially undertook a detailed document review and then conducted 20 in depth insight interviews with key stakeholders. This allowed Sirius to very quickly gain a good understanding of the existing systems and practice and the business drivers in place. This was followed by a gap analysis, identifying where there were weaknesses in the ability of the Collaborative to effectively deliver the business objectives and respond appropriately to key business drivers.
Thirteen high-level recommendations were identified in order to begin to address the gaps that were identified. These covered collaboration, funding, procurement, information governance, managing delivery, technology, communication and stakeholder engagement.
A final comprehensive report covering business drivers, current assessment, gap analysis and recommendations was delivered to the client allowing for planning and prioritisation of resources to begin to address the gaps.
What the Client Said
As a result, Sirius received the following testimonial:
Sirius offer a contemporary understanding of technical capabilities and the NHS IT market, whilst also providing a deep understanding of the myriad non-technical challenges faced when progressing IT programmes. Their experienced insights into overcoming these has proved invaluable in SWLCC's work with Sirius to date.
Greg Penlington, Strategy Manager