Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to procure new EPR system

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“The interim Chief Executive Officer confirmed that they were aware of these challenges and as a trust they were considering the way forward with regard to the patient information systems,” the Care Quality Commission’s latest report on the Leeds and York Partnership trust revealed in regard to the EPR system used at the time

Leeds and York Partnership trust advance digital agenda by issuing EPR system tender, ranging between £2m and £5m

[Leeds, UK] Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has today issued a tender with the intention to procure a new Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system, with an initial estimated value ranging between £2m and £5m.

The contract is expected to run for seven years, with an option to extend for another three years every 12 months after it it completed.

Care Qualiy Commission (CQC) findings, published in a report last November, suggested at the time the use of paper and electronic records at the trust could ‘cause confusion’ for staff that access the system as the latest information might not be recorded in a timely manner. 

Paris system a ‘challenge in itself’

The trust has been using Civica’s Paris as the main EPR system. The CQC reported back in November that the trust’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) acknowleged that the platform was a ‘challenge in itself’ as staff working remotely could not access and update information.

“The interim Chief Executive Officer confirmed that they were aware of these challenges and as a trust they were considering the way forward with regard to the patient information systems,” it stated in the report.

In addition, pharmacy staff said that they found it difficult to access data on ‘physical health monitoring’ through the system.

“Some teams used paper records as well as the electronic records, for example the respite services, as well as the community services for people with learning disabilities or autism and adults with mental health problems.

“These paper files were stored securely in most cases, except at the respite services the cabinet containing these paper records was not locked and the door was wedged open to the nurse’s office containing these files during our inspection,” it was added.  

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability services. The CQC rated the trust in November as ‘requires improvement’.

Civica did not respond to our request for comment in time for publication.