Ideal for Digital Strategy and Procurement

The challenges faced by NHS Trusts

Trusts need to make investment in new IT systems as current systems near the end of life and to enable service and cost improvements.

The procurement and implementation of an EPR is a complex programme, involving considerable planning, attention, significant change effort and staff engagement if it is to be successful.

There are critical activities which need to be carried out and documented to complete procurement and to comply with government regulations. These include outline business case (OBC), output based specification (OBS) and following supplier selection, the full business case (FBC).

An investment of this kind and complexity happens on average, once every 15 years. For many Trusts, additional skilled and experienced support will be needed. Trusts may also require assurance that they have made correct decisions.

  • Digital Solutions Strategy
  • IT systems strategy preparation
  • Business Case Development (OBC & FBC)
  • Requirements Definition
  • Assurance review
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Communication Strategy
  • Vision Alignment
  • ITT Preparation
  • Procurement Support
Digital strategy and procurement


With in-depth experience of complex healthcare IT procurement, Ideal’s consultants provide advice and support for completion of the outline and full business case, output based specifications and associated procurement activities.
We can support you where you need additional expertise, provide assurance or deliver a managed solution.

Ideal’s consultants and specialists have first-hand experience of supporting many Trusts throughout the UK across all care settings, with IT and transformation programmes across the project lifecycle from procurement to benefits realisation.
With verifiable best practices we reduce associated risks and deliver maximum value.

Underpinning our approach and fundamental to our success, is the partnership we build with our clients to help them achieve real benefits from their health system projects. We operate by a set of core values, shared amongst Ideal’s consultants, which put the interests of clients first and which makes the transfer of knowledge to client staff a key element in our partnership approach.

Areas of support

Ideal supports Trusts through all stages of health systems procurement:

  • Scoping, procurement strategy and planning
  • Market testing and early options appraisal
  • Guidance around the procurement process and OGC compliance
  • Outline and Full Business Case Preparation (Green Book Five Case Model)
  • Requirements gathering and definition
  • Production of Output Based Specification (OBS)
  • Production of tender documentation and managing the tender process
  • Contract negotiation

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