Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire ICB opens shared care record market engagement

NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board has published a future opportunity notice of its plans to procure a shared care record in 2023.

The formal procurement is anticipated to open in March 2023, with the ICB currently finalising the scope and requirements for the contract. The value of the contract is expected to be “£500k-750K per year and an anticipated contract term of 5+2+2”.

To support the programme, the ICB is planning to undertake market engagement activities to finalise what will be required and ensure interoperability standards meet emerging standards. The document notes standards “from the NHS England Chief Technology Officer to enable information to be shared between electronic patient records systems and shared care records in BNSSG, the South West and in England and Wales (where necessary) using national NHS England interoperability services”.

The opportunity notice adds: “At the same time, BNSSG ICB on behalf of the Connecting Care Partnership has a current contract with Orion Health for the provision of a shared care record that is due to expire 26th November 2022. As part of its overall strategic approach to formally competitively re-commissioning the services, BNSSG ICB intends to continue the current contract with Orion Health for 2 years by direct award.”

The notice continues: “This will allow BNSSG ICB the time to run a full and thorough procurement process for the above requirements leading to the award of new contract(s) to be implemented from November 2024.”

At this stage the scope of the project includes: a platform or portal to enable 12-15,000 health and care professionals to access the information according to their job role, supporting infrastructure and software services including an integration engine and data store, and a patient matching solution.

The scope also notes a need “to support care planning and the ability to “write” to records for multi-disciplinary working” and “services to support in-context launching / single sign-on, and integration services to enable data to be published and consumed from local IT systems and national data services”.

To express an interest in the market engagement, find out more on the Atamis e-procurement system, before the deadline at midday on 16 December 2022.

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