£6.7m tender opens for digital maturity assessment

NHS England has opened a new opportunity to procure a supplier to deliver a digital maturity assessment programme.

A two year contract worth up to £6.7 million, with an option to extend for a further year, will require a supplier to deliver a baseline and an enhanced assessment of NHS trusts and integrated care systems, in line with the seven domains that form the What Good Looks Like framework.

The seven success measures range from leadership and strategy to underlining infrastructure. The themes include: well-led, ensure smart foundations, safe practice, support people, empower citizens, improve care, and healthy populations.

Each success measure provides guidelines for both integrated care systems and wider NHS trust organisations. The focused framework aims to provide NHS managers with “clear, easy-to-use  instructions on what they should be doing to use digital better in their service”. Through this “common foundation”, which NHSE suggests “should be in place across the NHS”, a broad range of areas are covered – including advice on how to use a secure digital infrastructure, and ways of ensuring that digital systems are designed to meet the needs of both staff and patients.

Included within this tender opportunity are four deliverables;

  • Deliver baseline assessments using an existing credible model to all NHS trusts, community integrated care organisations and ICSs.
  • Deliver an enhanced digital maturity assessment covering all aspects of the What Good Looks Like framework and the other areas that need to be factored in.
  • Establish a centralised data set on digital maturity that is accessible for other areas of work (within an NHS England-derived database).
  • Digital maturity assessment dashboards and reports covering national, ICS and provider/place level assessment results.

The deadline to apply for this tender is 22 August. For more information please click here.

In September 2021, HTN took a closer look at the What Good Looks Like guidance, and the seven measures of success.

Earlier this month, we also reported on a new NHSE procurement for a delivery partner to support 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 programmes.