Following last year's official cancellation of the failed £12.7 billion NHS National Programme for IT, nine London trusts are seeking a framework agreement for their own patient records technology and related systems.

St George's Hospital in Tooting is leading the procurement for a framework, worth up to £400 million, for a patient administration system, an electronic records system and related services.

The framework will be open to eight other NHS trusts: Barts, Croydon, Imperial College, Kingston, Newham, Royal Free Hampstead, South London Healthcare and Whipps Cross University.

It will run for four years, and be split into lots for the patient administration system and electronic records technology, a clinical portal solution, and hosting services. According to a contract notice issued this week by St George's, three of the trusts – Barts, Newham and Whipps Cross – are planning a merger during the period covered.

St George's said the patient administration system and electronic records needed to cover a "full range of administrative and clinical functional modules.

The clinical portal system needed to allow clinicians and patients to access relevant data in a secure and highly-configurable environment, it said.

With regards to the hosting, the technology needed to be robust, secure and flexible.

Suppliers have until 23 March to express their interest.