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NHSE opens procurement for delivery partner to support frontline digitisation programme

NHS England’s Transformation Directorate has opened a procurement process to partner with a delivery supplier to support its Frontline Digitisation programme.

The programme aims to provide national support for locally led digital transformation, with the aim of this procurement to find a delivery partner for the provision of advice, support, expertise and intervention (if needed) to NHS organisations undertaking electronic patient record (EPR) programmes.

Against a national target for NHS trusts to reach core level digitisation and capability by March 2025, achieving 90 percent EPR coverage, currently 43 providers have an existing EPR that meets the required standard, data from NHS England states. The majority of trusts have an existing EPR that needs optimisation, 11 are in procurement or implementation, with 19 developing business cases.

Aiming to provide support, advice and guidance to provider organisations, the programme intends to find a partner with significant experience at all stages of EPR programmes, to work alongside local teams.

In addition, the tender states the successful supplier will “support the establishment and management of a ‘Centre of Expertise,’ available to frontline provider organisations to call upon throughout the programme lifecycle from conception to optimisation.”

This ‘Centre of Expertise’ will include services from the delivery partner to support and up-skill organisations, ranging from go-live readiness to benefits realisation.

The successful delivery partner will demonstrate expertise in: masterclasses, drop-in sessions, coaching, training or train the trainer, consultancy advice, document reviews, programme reviews and health-checks, audits, test assurance, data migration, interoperability, training development and deployment, and other areas to support the programme.

The value of the contract is £9million and the deadline to apply is 22 August 2022. To find out more please click here.