The Clinical Digital Solutions (CDS) team at NHS London Procurement Partnership (NHS LPP) has launched a £3bn framework by publishing a contract notice seeking suppliers for providing IT and telecoms products and services for a period of four years.
The new framework to be implemented by NHS LPP covers end-to-end information management and technology (IM&T), including IT managed service, aimed at public sector bodies.
The partnership’s new framework is divided into nine slots: consultancy, network infrastructure, hardware, software, hosting, operational services, cybersecurity, interoperability and interfacing and IT managed services.
The Official Journal of the European Union, which has published the framework, reads that the time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to take part in it for interested suppliers will be open until 17 July 2019. The deadline for sending invitations to tender or to take part in the framework is estimated to be 27 August 2019.
Several lots put up by the NHS LPP are split into more categories. The software lot has been divided into nine sub-lots that include finance, innovation and customer relationship management. The innovation sub-lot will include robotic process automation, artificial intelligence, chatbots, and blockchain.
The IM&T framework is expected to complement the existing Clinical and Digital Information Systems Framework (CDIS) of NHS LPP, which aims at enabling health and social care organisations to be 100% compliant with the UK government’s Personalised health and care 2020 digital framework.
NHS LPP CDS team category director Steve Dunkerley said: “I believe that NHS LPP evolving the CDIS framework speaks to the digital industry that we’re working in, as it too is constantly growing and evolving. Along with this, technology consultancy is likely to increase in response, as the role of technology in delivering patient care changes significantly, not least to help the NHS meet the challenge to go digital.
“CDIS is the gold standard clinical systems route to market for the NHS. Through IM&T we are creating a sister framework that will become the gold standard route to market for all other technology and digital solutions for the NHS and wider public sector.”