Solent NHS Trust has signed a seven year outsourcing agreement with CGI, which recently acquired Logica, to refresh its IT infrastructure and improve mobile working for its employees.

News of the deal comes shortly after CGI's UK president, Tim Gregory, hit out at the government for its IT reforms, which he claims are going too far to push out traditional suppliers to the public sector in favour of SMEs.

CGI will be providing a new hosted infrastructure, which will include desktop and mobile computing solutions, a unified communications platform and a wide area network for the Trust across 130 sites.

Solent NHS Trust is one of the largest providers of community and mental healthcare in the UK and supports people living in Southampton, Portsmouth and parts of Hampshire.

"We are in the final stage of assessment to become a Foundation Trust and we need world class IT to allow for innovation and to be sufficiently robust to cope with organisational and structural change. As such we selected an IT provider with proven experience of the healthcare industry," said Dr Ros Tolcher, Chief Executive of Solent NHS Trust.

"CGI is able to offer us the flexible services that will save our clinicians time and, in turn, help us better support our service users."CGI will provide on-site support in Southampton and Portsmouth and shared services from its South Wales offices.

The agreement, according to CGI, will see the Trust accelerate its strategy to make services more accessible for service users and health professionals.

"CGI delivers services that help to transform and modernise the delivery of healthcare services both in the UK and around the world," said Paula Sussex, Senior Vice President of Public Sector at CGI in the UK.

"We will be bringing this expertise to the Solent NHS Trust to support its focus on delivering the best possible services to the local community."