NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership issues prior information notice for digital therapy programme

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership has published a prior information notice for a digital therapy programme for Powys Teaching Health Board, worth an estimated £1,221,032, with the notice intended to help the Health Board learn what is possible and available in the market as it shapes strategy and requirements.

The estimated date given for the publication of the contract notice is the 30 September 2024. However, the notice also states that the Health Board is using this as an information gathering exercise, to help inform a future procurement procedure, and therefore it “reserves the right not to progress the procurement”.

Suppliers are invited to express their interest in the opportunity through the Sell2Wales website, where they can access additional documents such as a form to fill in detailing their offering and proposed solutions.

In other news, Digital Health and Care Wales (DHCW) has opened a tender worth an estimated £20 million for the establishment of a framework agreement that will see DHCW take on an agile product delivery partner, with the aim of enabling specialist resources to be “called off as and when required to support DHCW and the Digital Services for Patients and the Public programme in delivering the NHS Wales App”.

Elsewhere, a contract valued at £5.19 million for non-clinical decision support software for NHS 111 Wales has been awarded to US-based company, Priority Solutions Inc. The deal covers non-clinical decision support software to support non-clinical call handlers to take initial calls to the service. According to the notice, following the initial call, “remote clinical assessment will then either be undertaken by a clinician within separate clinical decision support software utilised by NHS 111 Wales or the call transferred to another software system, to be assessed, dependent upon the reason for the call and assigned clinical priority”. The software is said to allow subsequent calls to be matched to previous assessments and repeat callers to be highlighted to call handlers.