NHS taps McKinsey for £1m consultancy gig over Covid vaccination data


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The NHS recently signed a £1million deal with McKinsey in which the consultancy was brought in to advise senior staff in the Covid-19 vaccination program on how to analyze and present the data.

Newly released procurement information reveals that NHS England entered into a short-term engagement with the consultancy firm on December 13. The contract, valued at £1.03million, ran until February 28.

The NHS was looking for an external partner to help vaccine program managers assess the data to better understand where action was needed to support local rollouts of the vaccine. McKinsey was also asked to provide advice on presenting vaccination data to external parties.

According to the contract award notice, the firm was asked “to support the SLT team (senior leadership team) in the interpretation and presentation of data from the [vaccination] program to various organizations; understand variations in performance so that appropriate interventions can be identified; and finally to ensure that information presented outside the program is valid, appropriate and impactful”.

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The contract, which was awarded under a framework agreement, is the latest in a slew of deals McKinsey has won to support the government’s response to the pandemic.

Online procurement records show that, since the start of the Covid outbreak, the company has won 30 separate contracts – mostly from the Department of Health and Social Care – to support coronavirus-related programmes. Those contracts were worth around £42million for the global consultancy, and included £13million spent on three deals last year that were aimed at enabling a “rapid response” to issues with the NHS Test and Trace scheme.

In recent years, the company has also won a series of non-Covid-related contracts with public bodies, including an eight-week £3million contract last year to supply the Central Digital and Data Office and the Government Digital Service “expert advisory support to design the cross-departmental approach to tackle core digital, data and technology priorities” across government.


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