Decision details

Public Health NHS Health Checks data contract

Decision Maker: Strategic Director of Reform – Rebekah Sutcliffe

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Since the formation of the NHS Health Checks programme, OMBC have contracted with Merck Sharpe and Dohme Ltd Informatics (MSDi) to search patient data and identify those eligible for an NHS Health Check. This software has also provided a system for local authority payment verification based on practice activity of invitations sent out and number of NHS Health Checks completed. A direct award was given to MSDI as a result of the need to ensure compatibility with current GP systems.
This agreement commenced 1st April 2015 and was due to expire on 31st March 2018. An agreement to extend for 1 year, 1st April 2018-31st March 2019 was granted in February 2018. However in June of this year, MSDI informed us that they would no longer be providing the services. As a result, as an interim measure for one year during 2018/19, MSDi were contracted to sub-contract the data delivery to Emis, while also overseeing the design, build and roll out of a new payment verification system.
This arrangement was for one year only, ending on 31st March 2019 and extending the current arrangement is not possible.
Emis Enterprises are already providing data management services to Primary Care across Oldham and therefore we are seeking an exemption to allow for a direct award of contract to Emis for 1st April 2019-31st March 2020.


RESOLVED - That: Approval to exempt from tender the data contract to enable the monitoring of NHS Health Checks delivered in GP practice.

Reasons for the decision:

Option 1 - Agree a contract to be awarded to Emis as a new supplier, (exempt from having conducted a procurement exercise for this contract) to deliver a data and performance management system
Option 2 - Not award any of the contracts and discontinue the delivery of these services.

Alternative options considered:

Option 2 - Not award any of the contracts and discontinue the delivery of these services.

Publication date: 26/02/2019

Date of decision: 06/02/2019

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