A framework aimed at reducing the costs of procuring clinical systems in the NHS has recently launched with the aim of saving providers time and money.
The Healthcare Clinical Information Systems Framework, developed by NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS), includes 26 suppliers, a number of which are SMEs.
It has been developed in collaboration with Trusts and specialist bodies across the UK, and aims to save NHS providers time and money during the procurement process, while still enabling them to localise system requirements.
Providers will be able to hold mini-competitions with suppliers on the framework rather than going through the full OJEU process.
The framework, which has a potential spend of £1.25 billion, will operate for four years with the option of extending this for a further two years, and is free for any NHS organisation to access.
It is divided into six lots covering core clinical systems, theatre clinical systems, integrated emergency care clinical systems, child health systems, maternity systems and specialist electronic prescribing clinical systems.
NHS SBS director of procurement Peter Akid said: “This framework is about achieving a far more efficient and strategic way of procuring complex clinical systems that reduces the procurement timescales and save tens of thousands of pounds in the process.”