Unified Tech Fund prospectus
First published 31 August 2021
Updated 14 September 2021 – see updates.
You've told us that funding for technology is too complicated. We've not told you early enough how much funding is available or what it's available for, and we've often released funds too late in the year. Our proposal in Who Pays for What sets out our plan to address this and more. The Unified Tech Fund is the first step for 2021 to 2022 and will set out clearly the funding available and have a single approach to bidding for it. Beyond this, we will be making technology funding available to Integrated Care Systems (ICS) directly as they become statutory bodies.
While strategy for digital transformation has remained consistent, a long history of attempts to fund the digitisation of the health and care system has resulted in a patchwork of funding strategies and opportunities. These can be confusing and difficult for you to engage with. For example, the Digital Transformation Portfolio previously evolved into the Tech Transformation Portfolio with the 2019 publication of the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP).
To help fix this, we have brought together several national technology funds. This amounts to £680 million available to NHS organisations throughout the financial year 2021 to 2022. The breakdown of this funding for the financial year is as follows.