To meet the operational demands and pressures associated with growth and development, organizations change. For the same reasons, the NHS placed technology at the heart of its strategy since the 1970s and the organisation has uniquely provided great amount of support over two decades for the technological dynamics of what is now the National Program for IT. Marking its 25th year of business with celebrations, CSA Waverley is seen as a trusted driving force behind provision of hardware and system migration supporting Connecting for Health and the NHS’s most robust system, called NHAIS. Over nationwide migrations have been delivered by this infrastructure provider. NHS Connecting for Health, is responsible for implementing new solutions for the National Program for IT (NPfIT) to improve patient care and services whilst maintaining support for myriad legacy systems that exist within the NHS. Over 30,000 GPs are to be connected by NPfIT in England to almost 300 hospitals within 10 years. This is to give patients access to personal health and care information. This would lead to transformation in the way the NHS works.
The Primary Care level of NHS IT is underpinned by National Health Application & Infrastructure Services (NHAIS), commonly known as the ‘Exeter’ system. Across 89 Primary Care Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities nationally, NHAIS is implemented, managing services, patient registration and demographic details for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The system is responsible for the delivery of mission critical national systems and ensures the maintenance and business continuity of some 40 products and services which underpin several key areas of operation within the NHS. The NHAIS systems are both data rich and accurate and the combined databases are occasionally used to compare and qualify findings against the National Census. The appointment of CSA Waverley as one of the primary hardware and system migration supplier across the largest NHS infrastructure of its type, spanning 22 years as a strategic partnership founded on the supply of DEC PDP11 processors. In addition, CSA Waverley has provided specialist technical expertise regarding new technologies and service delivery, developing the relationship to become almost an extension of the NHS FPC Computer Unit working on the ‘Exeter’ system.