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4 April 2013 | Anna Reynolds
30 NHS trusts in London and the south of England have launched a £300 million framework to supply clinical information systems.
The 2015 Consortium began a procurement process in July last year to establish a new IT framework in preparation for the expiry of contracts for the NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT) in October 2015. The agreement, which is live now, gives member organisations time to negotiate and agree on replacement systems prior to expiry of the NPfIT deal.
The framework is worth between £150 to £300 million over four years and 10 suppliers are on the framework. The tender was split into three lots: application; hosting services; and integration, interoperability, reporting and portal services.
John Horan from the NHS London Procurement Partnership (LPP), which supported the consortium by providing purchasing expertise, said: “The agreement could be extended to other NHS trusts across the country.”
The consortium consists of the 30 trusts and other interested healthcare service providers. Organisations that are LPP members can also access the framework.
Peter Gooch, chair of the 2015 Consortium and associate director of ICT at consortium member Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It’s a magnificent achievement to bring together 30 organisations and deliver a framework agreement on time and within budget. The consortium approach provides excellent value for money and flexibility for the future, enabling organisations to procure the services that they need, and further opens up the possibility of developing new and innovative solutions that may also be required, going forward.”
For further information on the framework, those interested should contact Peter Gooch.
Suppliers to the framework are:
● Advance Health and Care
● CSE Healthcare Systems
● McKesson UK