New digital workplace solutions framework to launch

A prior information notice for a tender worth an estimated £1.5 billion has been shared by NHS Shared Business Services (SBS), highlighting intention to commence market engagement with suppliers around a framework agreement for the provision of digital workplace solutions.

NHS SBS notes that “the scope of the intended framework agreement is wide” will include bespoke software development; COTS software licensing; infrastructure equipment supply; infrastructure support and maintenance; infrastructure management services for equipment and software; fixed communication services; mobile communication services; and more.

It is expected that the contract notice will be published in January 2024, with new framework expected to go live in August 2024 shortly before the expiry of the existing framework. The notice adds that the £1.5 billion is “indicative value over four years” from this point.

The deadline for submissions from interested parties is 12pm on 19 September, with market engagement sessions to be held during October.

For more information and to participate in the market engagement, please click here.

We recently  shared another prior information notice from NHS SBS, covering plans to a launch a cyber security services framework for an estimated £125 million. Market engagement sessions with interested suppliers and industry experts are being held through to this month, with plans for the contract to run for four years from May 2024.

In addition, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust have opened an opportunity to procure a patient engagement portal, with 29 August as the deadline to apply.