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Encompass sets out on Epic journey

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Covid-19 has created many challenges for everyone globally and locally. Mindful of the pressures HSCNI professionals are facing at this time, encompass has adapted it’s implementation plans and engagement strategy and work remains on track.

In May, Epic was awarded the contract to partner with encompass and HSCNI to develop the new system which is scheduled to be in use across all five Trusts by 2024.

Since May, the encompass team have embarked on the Pre-Work phase, developing relationships with key Epic staff who will be guiding and supporting the team over the coming months and years, developing plans for building and implementing the system as well as putting in place the governance structures, populated by HSCNI Subject Matter Experts, that are necessary to give encompass a solid foundation.

encompass has also been engaged in preliminary training to understand Epic processes and the methods that will be used to develop the system in HSCNI as well as the collection of data about existing services, systems, process and facilities across HSCNI.

Recruitment activity was paused for a period, as a result of the pandemic, but it has now restarted with work on-going to fill posts across the team, including Build Team and Technical roles with new posts currently being advertised on http://jobs.hscni.net/

encompass look forward to continuing to build on the good work completed across HSCNI to date as they prepare and move through the main phases outlined below together.

The implementation plan has five core phases, which are outlined below: