Routes to the health sector: What’s new?
In this article, we give an update on some of the key routes to the health sector - especially considering the current climate for procurement.
Towards the end of last year, we put together a Supplying to the Health Sector report , providing an introduction to the sector, the current value of the market, and details around supplying to the sector and current framework opportunities. However, a lot has changed since December 2019, and there have been some timeline changes to one or two of the frameworks on our radar. What is more, a couple of new and exciting health sector routes to market have emerged. So, here’s our overview of the most notable current and upcoming routes to the health sector.
We’ll start with the existing ones!
Care Technology DPS
The Care Technology DPS was set up by YPO to give buyers the ability to procure care-related technology easily and compliantly. It runs from October 2018 – October 2022, and unlike more traditional frameworks, you can apply for the DPS throughout its lifetime.
The scope for the framework is rather broad, with five main Service Categories and several sub-categories. The man categories are:
- Care Related Activity Detection, Monitoring and Prevention Products and Service
- Technology Enabled Reablement and Rehabilitation Products and Services
- Care Related Information and Communication Products and Software
- Care Related Software
- Technology Enabled Care Related Professional Services
As the DPS has relatively simply entry criteria, it’s a great opportunity for SMEs. Another benefit of being on the framework is access to YPO’s social value supplier tool. This helps suppliers to assess their social value and sustainability practices, and to provide evidence to showcase this to buyers.
NHS Supply Chain – Medical IT
Run by NHS Supply Chain, the Medical IT framework is set to be renewed this year. We’re still waiting on exact timelines; due to recent events, things have been put on hold. However, here’s the information that we currently have.
The current iteration of Medical IT runs until September 2020, so we’re expecting applications for the renewed framework to open any time now. It’s likely to have 2 Lots:
- Lot 1: Medical IT Software Solutions
- Lot 2: Medical IT Complimentary Hardware
Lot 2 currently refers to hardware complimentary to the software solutions provided in Lot 1.
Over 350 Medical IT contracts have been procured since 2012 on the current iteration of the framework, and the estimated spend on the next iteration is set to be anything between £460m-£640m.
For more information about the framework scope, and details around our support with applying, click here.
Next up… the new health tech frameworks.
Link 3 IT Hardware
NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) and the North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOE CPC) are currently engaging with potential suppliers regarding a proposed tender. The framework will cover the provision of ICT hardware and services to support NHS and wider public sector organisations, with a Lot structure as follows:
- Lot 1 – Desktops
- Lot 2 – Laptops
- Lot 3 – Tablets/slate computers
- Lot 4 – Specialist healthcare related IT hardware
- Lot 5 – Printing and scanning technologies
- Lot 6 – One stop shop
As the opportunity is currently at early market engagement stage, this is all we know for now, but we will continue to look for updates. In the meantime, relevant suppliers can complete the Pre-Procurement Consultation questionnaire that will support NHS SBS and NOE CPC in forming the framework. To do so, head to the EU Supply e-Tendering portal.
Digital Capability for Health
This new CCS framework value is set to be £800m, so not one to overlook. Currently only a PIN for the opportunity has been published, but here’s what we know so far.
It’s set to be used by NHS Digital and other public sector health and social care bodies for the “provision of digital outcomes and supporting services”. The scope is as follows:
- Digital development
- DevOps support
- Data collection, processing and dissemination
- Digital resource augmentation.
The Lot structure is set to be as follows:
- Lot 1: Agile Digital Outcomes
- Lot 2: Digital Resource Augmentation (Time and Material Based Squads)
As mentioned, CCS are in the midst of the pre-engagement stage at the moment. The ITT is then expected to be released in August 2020, with a go-Live date in January 2021. Check out the PIN here.
Overall, there’s no doubt that the health sector is a lucrative market. Not only that, but technology has the potential to make a huge difference to NHS organisations, and the lives of staff and patients — it’s just a case of making your solutions available through the best routes. So, for suppliers who offer relevant solutions, consider which of these frameworks might be worth listing on.