NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) has issued a Prior Information Notice (PIN) signalling its intention to start negotiating with suppliers on a Framework Agreement for the provision of Digital Workplace Solutions.

Valued at £1.5 billion, Digital Workplace Solutions 2 is expected to go live before the expiry of NHS SBS’s existing Framework Agreement on 9 August 2024.

The  NHS Long Term Plan underpins the importance of technology in the future NHS; setting out the critical priorities that will support digital transformation and provide a step change in the way the NHS cares for citizens. In keeping with this, the NHS is investing in improving NHS IT systems to make sure staff have the technology they need to do their jobs, and that systems talk to each other and share vital information to support the delivery of care.

Designed for use by NHS SBS approved organisations, the scope of the intended Framework Agreement is wide and proposes to include, Infrastructure Management Services, Communication (voice & data) Services and Information Systems and Services, to name a few.

NHS SBS intends to hold market engagement sessions with industry experts and prospective suppliers during September and October 2023.

More information about the proposed Framework Agreement and how to become a participant in the market engagement exercise are available at: https://www.find-tender.service.gov.uk/Notice/024620-2023

The deadline for submissions in response to NHS SBS’s Request for Information from interested parties is 12:00 noon on Tuesday 19 September 2023.