On the eve of the 1997 election, Tony Blair famously told voters they had 24 hours to save the NHS! 1997 also happens to be the year Apira was founded, and we have worked hard since then to do our bit to support the NHS, working with over 100 NHS organisations to justify, buy and deploy systems which help to improve the quality and safety of care delivery, and improve patient experience.
Many people know Apira for our work supporting NHS trusts to develop business cases to support investments in data and technology, and rightly so. Together with our strategic partners including KPMG we have developed more business cases over the last 2 years than any other consultancy supporting NHS trusts participating in the NHS England frontline digitisation programme.
The quality of our work is often highlighted by those involved in the review and approval process. The London North West Healthcare and Hillingdon Hospitals EPR business case “should be seen as an exemplar” according to one national reviewer, and the quality of our benefits work was highlighted recently by another “you know with Apira the benefits are going to be high quality.” Indeed, we have also been asked by NHS England to conduct peer reviews on other business cases developed by other consultancies. With 8 Better Business Case accredited practitioners amongst our ranks, our clients can be assured that we will deliver a value for money trust owned case which not only meets the HM Treasury Green Book standard, but also sets a foundation for a successful deployment.
We also have vast experience in supporting NHS trusts to run safe, open, transparent and compliant procurements; and to successfully contract with EPR vendors for solutions which provide value for money to the trusts; and create the right relationship with suppliers. This is recognised by many, with Apira having supported over 10 acute trusts including Mid Cheshire, East Cheshire, London North West Healthcare and The Hillingdon Hospitals to safely contract with EPR vendors over the last two years alone.
One reason for the success of our business case and procurement assignments is that they are informed by our experience in deploying systems across the NHS.