According to an Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) prior information notice, the NHS requires a new single framework agreement to address its requirement for clinical software-related products and services.
The Health Service anticipates spending between £4-6bn on the agreement in a contract that lasts for four years – of this, it expects first year expenditure to be around £1m-£1bn, but this is just approximate.
“If NHS Supply Chain proceeds with this procurement, this will be an opportunity for potential providers to influence and participate in a substantial framework agreement which aims to aggregate and meet NHS’ requirements in respect of clinical software-related products and services,” says the notice.
The document outlines categories for healthcare IT solutions including but not limited to clinical software solutions, professional services and hosted clinical applications including data warehousing within the N3 network.
More detailed information about the categories will be made available as an addendum to the original notice and published in the NHS Supply Chain procurement portal along with a Request for Information (RFI) form.
Besides this, the notice reminds prospective bidders that the categories listed are not definitive.
“Potential providers may also wish to alert NHS Supply Chain to potential business opportunities in order to influences the scope of the framework,” says the document.
“For example, highlighting any potential and possibly innovative product or service solutions that may not have been identified within this notice and that could potential fall within the scope of any result framework agreement,” it adds.