CGI signs £62m IT services deal with London NHS Trust

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust has signed a £62 million deal with CGI (previously Logica) to provide IT infrastructure services for the next five years.

The deal will see CGI introduce enhanced mobile working capabilities for the trust, as well as more innovative, digital technologies.

A contract notice outlines that as part of the deal the trust will receive service desk services, service management, data networks, desktops, laptops, end user devices, fully integrated unified communications, infrastructure, videoconferencing, printing services, ICT training, as well as implementation services.

It also states that CGI must be capable of increasing the service provision to additional users by a factor of up to three times over the life of the contract. The trust currently has 5,200 end users and 5,500 staff working across 150 sites.

It is expected that CGI will have the new infrastructure and service provision in place by the end of May 2015.

“This is an exciting time for the trust. The appointment of CGI is a critical milestone in delivering a major ICT Strategy which will fundamentally improve the IT and systems we use,” said Trevor Shipman, finance director at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.

“Working with CGI will ensure we get the best IT building blocks in place to achieve the trust’s ambition of continuing to provide first class care now and into the future for our patients and competing successfully within the healthcare sector.”

Tim Gregory, the man put in charge of CGI’s UK operations after the £1.7 billion acquisition of Logica, recently slammed the UK government for implementing reforms that have made it difficult for big suppliers to do business with the public sector.

He warned that if it continues, and the pendulum swings too far towards giving work to SMEs, larger companies will look to invest their money elsewhere.

Copyright © 2013 IDG Communications, Inc.

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