SPHERE grows – delivering shared IT services to the NHS’ West-Middlesex University Hospital

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SPHERE grows – delivering IT Shared Services to West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

SPHERE, Systems Powering Healthcare Ltd, is incorporating West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust into the shared IT service provision that they supply to a number of NHS Trusts. This includes Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which acquired West Middlesex in 2015.

The project results from several months of preparatory work by SPHERE, assessing its scope and provisioning the service transfer, with completion scheduled for October 2017.

SPHERE is an IT shared services provider to the healthcare sector, primarily NHS Foundation Trusts. It was set up by Chelsea and Westminster and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trusts to deliver and support IT infrastructure for both trusts to achieve economies of scale and bring down the cost per user, says Renier Botha, Managing Director of SPHERE:

“Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trusts is one of the founding members of SPHERE and it made sense for the West Middlesex Trusts to join the shared services management that we provide. We have a proven services model that we can take to a range of other healthcare providers to realise cost savings whilst improving service quality.

“SPHERE will now be supporting an additional 2,000 end users with the commissioning of West Middlesex. This financial year will see the cost per user for member trusts fall substantially through economies of scale,” says Renier Botha.

SPHERE is currently gearing up to support the deployment of the Cerner EPR (Electronic Patient Record) system across the Chelsea Westminster and West-Middlesex NHS Trusts for which it provides shared services.

West Middlesex will be the first Trust to go live with Cerner. Sphere will manage the provision of infrastructure and the overall IT support services and are currently assessing which first line support services will be prioritised for the Cerner platform.

In 2014 Kevin Jarrold, Director on the SPHERE board and CIO at Imperial Healthcare Trust and Chelsea and Westminster, oversaw the deployment of Cerner at Imperial. Sphere will look to capitalise on the learnings of the Imperial team to ensure trouble-free integration of the support services.

To take advantage of the capabilities of cloud computing, SPHERE is moving its primary data centre and specific systems to Equinix, a leading colocation provider, in London.

Equinix has hosted the Cerner platform since 2010 and SPHERE says that this offers a robust solution for the Trusts, improving the IT infrastructure resilience and business continuity capabilities mitigating the key business risks associated with location and services required from IT hosting facilities.

“SPHERE is well positioned to provide improved IT services to the healthcare sector – expanding on the presence of Cerner within the same data centre and utilising the capabilities of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform at Equinix,” says Renier Botha.

For further information please contact SPHERE Head Office – Systems Powering Healthcare Ltd, Unit 101, Harbour Yard London, SW10 0XD – Tel: 020 331 5888.




Amberlight strengthens with new appointments to senior management team


May’15 – Amberlight today announces several high-level changes to its board and senior management team.

Renier Botha is appointed as Chief Executive Officer, while co-founder Mark Milton is taking on the role of Chief Innovation Officer.

They take up their positions with immediate effect.

Renier joins the team from Regus PLC where he was Global Head of Systems and Head of Professional Services. Renier is an accomplished leader, with a track record of working with high-growth software companies across multiple market verticals. He brings a great mix of leadership, inspiration, operational experience, technical breadth, and passion for customer care. He will be responsible for working with the team to deliver against the company strategy.

Mark Milton, the company Chairman, moves from interim MD to take a permanent executive role as Chief Innovation Officer where he will lead the innovation process. His role will be to identify strategies, business opportunities and new technologies and develop new capabilities and architectures with partners and new business models to serve those opportunities.

Renier Botha said: “As a technologist at heart, I am excited to see so many new opportunities and I am deeply honoured to have this opportunity to lead the Amberlight team during this important time of transformation.

Amberlight has a long history in experience design, creating needed services that people love to use. We are well positioned to tap into the continuous opportunities in technology innovation and have a unique opportunity to help shape the future of our clients. 

“Amberlight has a deep experience in product design, connecting end users with products. We are well positioned to tap into the continuous opportunities in technology innovation. 

“By concentrating on innovation and growth initiatives we are planning to expand on the strong foundation we have built over the past fifteen years. 

“We will also continue to develop industry-leading user experience research, design and product development expertise that drives our client technologies and products across a diverse set of markets to secure sustainable and profitable growth. 

“I look forward to work with the newly appointed leadership and every member of the Amberlight team.”

Mark Milton said: “I am proud to welcome such an experienced industry professional as Renier to lead the company as CEO.   He will be building on the strengths of the company and working with our clients to shape the future of the business.”

“I’m excited to be able to focus on the area in which I can make the most significant contribution. 

“Working with Renier means that I can focus exclusively on our future and with help ensure that the business is agile in responding to the needs of a developing market.”

CDC class of 2000 – Graduation

2 December 2000

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Students in computer and business courses at the Career Development College in Midrand, today received diplomas and certificates at the graduation ceremony at Halfway House Primary.

Renier Botha, lecturer and co-principal’s of the CDC Campuses in Midrand and Rosslyn, Gauteng, South-Africa: “We are proud of every student that graduated this year. Knowledge is an asset that cannot be taken from you – ever. It is a privilege to be instrumental in the education of the next generation and to help them build their life assets in knowledge.”

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Snippet from the Midrand Reporter – 2nd December 2000

At CDC our mission is:

  • to provide professional service and products such as relevant programmes in our effort to offer expert training in the Computer and Business Industry, and so contribute to the improvement of development in this sphere in South Africa.
  • Candidates who have completed their training through our college will be able to contribute constructively to the wealth and economy of our country across the widest possible spectrum of the population.
  • We endeavour to develop, not only the intellectual, but also the social and emotional needs of our students. That  is why we believe in the power of education, and in GROWTH THROUGH KNOWLEDGE.