2015 Report details for project: Spine 2

Project name: Spine 2 - there are 2 reports for this project: 2014, 2015
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Organisation: DOH (D12) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2015 (data is from Sept 2014)
Category: ICT - see all reports for this category
Description: The Spine 2 programme covers the work required to develop replacement Spine services (a collection of national applications, services and directories that support the NHS in the exchange of information across national and local NHS systems), their transition from the existing Spine services and Spine 2 operation and support services, covering the period 1st April 2012 to 31st March 2018 The main objectives of the Spine 2 programme are to: • Maintain continuity of Spine service from the end of the current contract, through any transition of change of supplier(s), to the end of the period covered by the business case; • Increase the number of external organisations able to connect and develop services on behalf of health and social care providers; • Reduce the cost and timescale of introducing changes to the Spine services; and • Reduce the annual cost of providing the service.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: The MPA RAG rating was Amber at Q2 2014. The Amber assessment reflects a delivery confidence that Care Identity Service delivery in February 2015 appears feasible. As with all major deliveries of this scale there are a number of significant risks that are being managed to mitigate the impact to the programme. Hence, our pathway to a Green assessment is based upon the following actions being underway: • There have been a number of rehearsals, working closely with BT Health, to validate the approach to a complex transition; • There has been considerable stakeholder engagement, the develop of a national e-learning tool and considerable Registration Authority training; • The non-functional assurance (volumes and performance testing) is underway and is a significant element that must pass the technical assurance activities, this remains a significant risk until the assurance activities conclude in mid February; and • A 24/7 end to end service and IT operational management capacity has been established and will adopt the current spine service 1st and 2nd line support mechanism.
Start date: 2010-05-10
End date: 2018-03-30
Schedule text: The delivery of Spine 2 is broadly made up of two parts: Core Spine, and Care Identity Service. Core Spine went live 25th August 2014, and Care Identity Service is expected to be live in February 2015.
Baseline: £65.86m
Forecast: £73.68m
Variance: 11.90%
Variance text: The Spine 2 Outline Business Case / Full Business Case estimated a total cost of £205M commencing 2013/14 through to 2017/18. Delay in approving the business case meant that key activities could not be initiated in line with plan, there was some shift in spend from year to year. A change request had been approved to address this, which showed a reduced spend in 2013/14 and an increase in 2014/15. For the purposes of the Government Major Projects Plan return on which this report is based, it was thought best to reflect the original spend profile for 2014/15 in the budget, whilst showing the correct spend under forecast. The variance reported is therefore notional.
Whole Life Cost: £205.71m
WLCost text: Whole Life Cost listed is inclusive of optimum bias, inflation, irrecoverable VAT and contingency, and is taken from the approved business case.
Notes1: DOH NON CAPITAL
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Sourcefile: IPA_2015.csv

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