The Learning Clinic wins five-year contract with Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Contract extension covers significant new VitalPAC products and functionality, including VitalPAC Doctor, and fluid management

The Learning Clinic has won a further five-year contract with Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust to supply a wide range of VitalPAC clinical solutions across the 1,200-bed trust.

The contract was secured following a full procurement against a number of competitors.

The Portsmouth trust worked very closely with The Learning Clinic to develop VitalPAC Nurse and has been using the electronic observations software trust wide since 2008. Today the system is used by 1,000 nurses who take on average 3,500 sets of patient observations each day across 47 wards.

The new contract is for significant new VitalPAC products and functionality, including VitalPAC Doctor, which launched in July this year, and fluid management. VitalPAC Doctor is used by doctors and senior nurses, providing them with mobile access to a pool of information about the patient in real time, ensuring continuity of care across groups of clinicians and across episodes of care.

In addition to being used at the bedside, VitalPAC Nurse is a key contributor to performance improvement across the trust. Evidence in September’s BMJ’s Quality and Safety Journal found that Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has virtually eliminated Norovirus outbreaks as a result of using VitalPAC Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) system to flag possible infections and putting in place rapid and robust control processes.

Simon Holmes, medical director at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We were the first trust to use the VitalPAC system and today’s announcement shows that, as far as we are concerned, there is no going back.

Over the past 10 years, VitalPAC has helped us improve care in many ways, and our staff love it. We are delighted that with the roll out of VitalPAC Doctor, the next five years will see our services become even safer, more personal and efficient. This is a great news for staff and patients alike.”

Helen Glenister, chief operating officer at The Learning Clinic, added: “We are hugely proud that Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has taken the decision to continue the partnership with the Learning Clinic. It is especially pleasing because the trust has taken the decision based on their experience of using VitalPAC Nurse and the results, which we have delivered for them over the past 10 years.”

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