The Evolution of NHS Spend on ICT-Related Services:
Since 2015/16, spending on ICT related services has continually increased within the NHS, but particularly for 2020/21 the level of increase has been more significant in comparison to previous years. To that end, we are now able to identify some of the biggest NHS spenders on back office services, ICT infrastructure, and software development services.
By using Oxygen Finance’s Illuminator system to aggregate spend data from Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), Acute Trusts, Mental Health Trusts, Community Healthcare Trusts, Commissioning Support Units (CSU), and the recently added NHS Boards (Scotland), we are able to report that NHS spending across the ICT market has continued to increase, and in some cases reach record figures for 2020/21. The total NHS spend for 2020/21 amounted to £3.24bn, which was an increase of nearly 33% over 2019/20, with Acute Trust spending rising to £1.94bn and £381.92M for Mental Health Trusts, which equated to an increase of 33.79% and just over 29% respectively.