CCS invites more SMEs to bid for NHS networking contracts
The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has known as for native community companies suppliers to think about signing as much as NHS Digital’s Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) now new dynamic buying system (DPS) has gone reside.
The HSCN DPS was collectively created by CCS and NHS Digital and is designed to facilitate simpler entry to companies suppliers as NHS organizations migrate away from the previous N3 broadband community and onto HSCN. It is price £500m and can run over the subsequent six years.
A DPS procurement mannequin is designed to assist prospects purchase items and companies quicker and simpler. Suppliers, in the meantime, can be part of or stop the framework on a schedule that fits their enterprise wants, whereas making the most of latest updates to the Public Contract Regulations which can be supposed to assist stop giant opponents from undercutting small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
CCS has additionally simplified the applying course of for the DPS framework and eliminated the standard prolonged tender course of, which means suppliers might want to expend fewer sources setting themselves up.
Ian Fishwick, chief govt at Adept Telecom and industrial director for public sector networking commerce physique Synopsis, mentioned: “The DPS is a good instance of how this type of procurement can be utilized for complicated necessities.
“Previously, many believed that DPS was solely appropriate for purchasing commodity merchandise, and that is now demonstrably not true.
“One of the issues SMEs have with standard frameworks is that if you happen to miss the beginning then you successfully reduce out of the marketplace for a number of years. With the HSCN DPS, we now have proven that companies who comply over time can take part when they’re prepared.”
Niall Quinn, CCS strategic director for know-how mentioned: “We aim to create a vibrant and dynamic marketplace that increases choice for health and care providers while encouraging competition between a greater number and range of suppliers, including SMEs.”
“Creating a competitive market for network services in health and social care, to drive both product innovation and value for money, has been an ambition of the HSCN programme since the outset,” added HSCN programme director Dermot Ryan.
“Working in partnership with CCS, the establishment of the HSCN dynamic purchasing system is a significant part of realizing this ambition. The DPS will promote the formation of a thriving market in HSCN services and provide health and social care customers with an easy to use, low-risk way of procuring compliant services.”
Currently, all suppliers have to be HSCN Stage 1 compliant to join the DPS. As of 1 November 2017 16 suppliers had met these standards, whereas three – Convergence Group, MLL Telecom, and Redcentric – are additionally Stage 2 prepared, which implies they’ll start to supply reside connectivity to HSCN, CCS invites more SMEs to bid for NHS networking contracts,
Publish Date: 2017-11-28 12:00:08