Calderdale Council awards £130k contract for digital platform to support family hubs

The borough council of Calderdale has awarded a contract with an estimated value of £130,560 across a 10-year period to Gemstone IT Services, for the provision of an integrated virtual health and wellbeing offer for families.

The solution is required to act as “an umbrella first point of contact”, signposting to further resources and websites as required to support the health and wellbeing of children and young people. It should also provide a virtual e-referral facility enabling families and professionals to request further support, and should provide “new functionality to fill identified gaps in the current offer”. Examples given here include hosting a digital information directory to help families find out about local services and activities; hosting an online chat facility; creating a digital solution for the pupil health and wellbeing survey; and allowing online exchange of files, documents and photos to support e-referrals.

Gemstone IT Services describes itself as specialising “in all aspects of web development, including designing and building custom websites and web apps”, with focus on solutions in mobile development, data engineering and ecommerce. On the company’s work with the public sector and not-for-profit organisations, the website states that the team focuses efforts on “digital transformation initiatives that modernise operations, improve service delivery, and promote citizen engagement.”

The contract is to run until September 2033.

In other procurement news, we shared how Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust published a tender for EPR programme data migration and integration services.

We also covered the news that 23 suppliers have been named on NHS Shared Business Services’ framework agreement for audio visual solutions and integrated operating theatres, with a view to help connect operating theatres with multi-disciplinary teams for specialist collaboration across multiple sites, as well as providing provision for patient check-in, patient entertainment and digital signage solutions.

Also from West Yorkshire, last month HTN covered the annual report from West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts, which highlights the role of digital data in progress and performance over the last 12 months.