Two NHS trusts in the West Midlands have announced plans to move to the Health and Social Care Network in the upcoming weeks.
Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust have issued contract notices looking for a supplier who can provide HSCN connectivity services. Both trusts are migrating from HSCN’s predecessor, the N3 network, for which BT was the sole supplier.
The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) dynamic purchasing system (DPS) for the provision of HSCN access services was launched in November 2017. Sixteen companies on the DPS have achieved the stage 1 compliance needed to gain a slot on the DPS. But, so far only nine companies have attained the stage 2 badge which allows suppliers to begin providing services to customers.
Joining the network will help to boost services both of the NHS trusts provide, putting their patients and community first.
The other seven companies have begun the process of achieving compliance, in addition to three other firms that have already passed stage 1 but are yet to be admitted to the DPS. All 16 suppliers currently on the HSCN deal can bid for the Walsall and Birmingham contracts. However, contacts will only be awarded if compliance has been achieved.
Despite not specifying the estimated value for the deal. Both trusts are keen on signing an initial three-year contract with their chosen supplier. Walsall Trust is inviting bids until 22 March and a deal is scheduled to go live on 2 April. Bids for the Birmingham deal are open until 19 March and a contract is due to commence on 27 May.
Besides the 16 suppliers currently on the HSCN procurement vehicle, an additional 11 suppliers are in the process of becoming compliant.Over the coming weeks, four aggregated procurement exercises will be conducted, where access services will be bulk-bought for the South West, London, the North East, and the South East.