NHS Trusts: Databases

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 25 July 2023.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Conservative, Haltemprice and Howden

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2023 to Question 160180 on NHS Trusts: Databases, for what reason each NHS Trust paused or suspended pilots of Palantir Foundry.

Photo of David Davis David Davis Conservative, Haltemprice and Howden

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2023 to Question 160180 on NHS Trusts: Databases, whether any of the Trusts that had (a) paused and (b) suspended pilots of Palantir Foundry have (i) resumed and (ii) restarted their pilots since 23 March 2023.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

There are currently two main Foundry pilots delivering benefits to trusts, namely the Improving Elective Care Coordination for Patients (IECCP) Programme which supports trusts to effectively deliver care through the implementation of the Care Coordination Solution (CCS); and the Dynamic Discharge programme to support effective hospital discharge.

The table below shows those trusts that are listed as either pausing or suspending these pilots in March 2023 and gives the reason why for each:

Trust

IECCP solution

Dynamic Discharge solution

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Paused due to upgrade of supporting systems within the Trust; due to restart once upgrades are complete.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Declined offer following discussions as existing system provided current capabilities.

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

Paused temporarily due to impact of strike action within Trust.

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Trust chose to address internal process change before participating in a digital transformation programme.

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Paused whilst work is completed to enable Dynamic Discharge module.

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Paused due to operational pressures.

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Foundation Trust

Trust chose to address internal process change before participating in a digital transformation programme.

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

Paused due to other programmes of work within their IT department.

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

Paused due to operational pressures, strike action and a recent EPR upgrade.

Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital

Following discussions, it was agreed that the pilot products were not designed to address the Trust’s particular issues.

University Hospital Plymouth NHS Trust

The Trust made the decision not to participate in the programme based on lack of capacity of Trust resources to engage with the programme.

Notes:

  1. There are no trusts where the Dynamic Discharge programme is live, but IECCP is paused. The IECCP programme is live in some Trusts where implementation of Dynamic Discharge was paused in March. These Trusts are as follows:

- East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust;

- London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust;

- Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; and

- University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust.

  1. The following trusts have re-engaged with the programme and are in the process of restarting with the Dynamic Discharge solution:

- Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust;

- London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust; and

- Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

  1. Discussions are ongoing with some other trusts about the best time to re-engage with the Dynamic Discharge programme.

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