Secondary Care

Ambulance services electronic patient record framework opens

An invitation to tender has been launched to develop a national framework for the provision and support of an electronic patient record system for ambulance trusts.

The East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub, in partnership with the National Ambulance Procurement Board, is inviting suppliers to bid for the framework agreement, with an aim of providing a procurement compliant route to market for UK ambulance services who plan to procure an electronic patient record system.

The tender notes a requirement to procure an integrated electronic patient care record system for ambulance services across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Isle of Wight. It states: “The system will be available to the ambulance services who may wish to replace the current system and other associated paper based processes, exploiting the technological advantages an electronic system can provide with integration with hardware installation or cloud services to other organisations.”

The framework requirements include: to work in partnership with ambulance services to aggregate spend; drive cash releasing savings; review options to standardise and rationalise products and services; improve processes for staff; accurately capture the record of care provided by the ambulance service; enable production of clinical quality indicators and support improvement in patient care; and support efficient handover of care to other providers.

The primary beneficiaries of the framework will be UK ambulance services including: South Western Ambulance Service NHS FT; South Central Ambulance Service NHS FT and their subsidiary South Central Fleet Services Limited; South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS FT; London Ambulance Service NHS Trust; East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust; East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust; Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust; North East Ambulance Service NHS FT and their subsidiary North East Ambulance Service Unified Solutions Limited; North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust; West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS FT; Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust; Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Health and Social Care Trust; Scottish Ambulance Service Board; and Isle of Wight NHS Trust.

Initially the framework is for 2 years, with a potential for an extension. The deadline for a submission is 11 November 2022 at 1.00pm. Find out more here.