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NHS England opens £300 million procurement framework for digital pathways in primary care IT

NHS England has opened a procurement framework for the provision of digital pathway solutions to support primary care IT with an estimated value of £297,600,060.

The scope of the digital pathways services and systems required will cover care navigation; online consultations and online patient/service user request reporting; cross-organisational appointment booking; prescription-ordering; video consultations; communication management; and enabling citizens to view content from their electronic patient record online (with this function to integrate with the ‘Patient Information Maintenance – GP Solution’ capability).

In addition, services including online patient and service user requesting, to support the ability to raise and respond to administrative requests, and systems that support interaction with patients, and data collection, reporting and display, are included.

The framework notice adds that the agreement will utilise “a refreshed set of solution capability requirements”; more information on those capabilities can be found here.

The contract is set to begin on 24 January 2024 and will run for an initial 12-month term, with the potential to renew for a further three years.

The deadline to submit tenders or requests to participate is 16 November 2023.

For more information, you can access the procurement notice here.

In other news from NHS England, yesterday we covered plans to hold large-scale engagement events to gather public views on digital and data transformation in the NHS to help shape how health data is used to improve healthcare.

We also explored the papers from NHSE’s 5 October board meeting, in which board members discussed digital updates in the areas of maternity care, genomics and more.

In September, we looked at the NHSE 2023-2024 business plan, which set out plans to tackle challenges around access to primary care services, elective long waits, ambulance response and health inequalities. Click here to read our digital-focused take on the plan.