NHS England £16 million opportunity for “Tiger Teams” to support EPR delivery

NHS England has published a £16 million prior information notice for the provision of “Tiger Teams” to support electronic patient record delivery.

Defined as “a partner to create an experienced, multi-skilled, rapid response intervention service”, it aims to support the Frontline Digitisation programme, enabling healthcare providers to implement an EPR by the end of March 2026. The Tiger Teams programme intends to extend a “comprehensive support offer” designed to “support the national demand for resource, expertise, and information” required for successful rollout of EPR programmes.

The service required is likely to be a single operator framework, which can support the timely deployment of “NHS experienced, highly skilled resources” at any point during an EPR lifecycle, with flexibility to increase or decrease resources quickly to meet the demands of the service, organisational working knowledge of EPR delivery, and the ability to “build up a cohort of operators with specialist knowledge (cells) that can be deployed across the system on similar tasks, thereby enabling and accelerating the setting up of a virtual centre of expertise”.

At this stage, NHS England is pursuing market engagement to “establish whether the proposed service can be met in its current form by the supplier market in a way that provides good value for money”. Suppliers are asked to respond to the notice by 29 January 2024 and those who register will take part in pre-tender market engagement sessions run via Teams. Suppliers will then have until 16 February 2024 to provide their written responses to the pre-tender market engagement, with the contract notice expected to be published 18 March 2024.

To read the notice in full, please click here.

Also on procurement, NHS Supply Chain has issued a £500 million contract notice for a Dynamic Purchasing System Agreement to help bring MedTech products to market, focusing on offering a route to market for innovative products and enabling access to products and associated services that are “of an innovative nature” and “would not normally be available”.

Elsewhere, 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.