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United Kingdom-Stoke-on-Trent: Software package and information systems
Voluntary ex ante transparency notice
Section I: Contracting authority/entity
Section II: Object
Integrated Care and Wellbeing Record Solution for Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership
Herefordshire and Worcestershire (H&W) Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) and emerging H&W Integrated Care System (ICS) is procuring an Integrated Care and Wellbeing Record (ICWR) to support its planned improvements in health and care services to its population.
The Counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire, England, UK.
Herefordshire and Worcestershire (H&W) Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) and emerging H&W Integrated Care System (ICS) has identified the need for an integrated care and wellbeing record (ICWR) to support its planned improvements in health and care services to its population, through the H&W STP Long Term Plans and in the accompanying Digital Strategy, published in January 2020.
An ICWR is now also a requirement of all NHS systems’ phase 3 response to the Covid-19 pandemic, along with being an essential element of the H&W ICS maturity/assessment framework.
The scope of the service being procured is the provision of an ICWR for the counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire. This is to supply a clinical viewer, interfaces and services to integrate data about the care required and provided to citizens as part of the promotion and support of their wellbeing, drawn from the clinical systems presently in use, to form a single, comprehensive, contemporaneous record for each citizen.
NHS H&W Clinical Commissioning Group (H&W CCG) is leading this procurement exercise on behalf of all partner organisations within H&W STP. The purpose of this Voluntary Ex Ante-Transparency Notice is to advise the market of H&W CCG’s intent, in the interests of transparency, to work with InterSystems, an incumbent provider in the H&W STP footprint, to create a greater alignment within the H&W STP and with its neighbouring STPs.
The contract shall be for a period of 5 years, and the new contract will commence on a date specified by H&W CCG following the conclusion of a 10-day standstill period further to the publication of this Notice.
Section IV: Procedure
By selecting to directly award a contract to InterSystems for a period of 5-years, H&W CCG deems that it best services the needs of the H&W STP through:
— building on investment already made by partners in H&W STP as agreed for the ICWR programme
— maintaining strategic alignment with patient flows into Birmingham, strategic organisational alignment for Wye Valley NHS Trust and the West Midlands West Midlands Local Health and Care Record Exemplar (LHCRE) programme
— shortening the time for implementation by building on existing cloud infrastructure and the experience gained by the neighbouring STPs
— sharing cloud costs between H&W STP, Coventry and Warwickshire STP and Birmingham and Solihull STP to reduce costs for all and to make the solution more financially sustainable.
The technical reasons why competition is absent are:
I. Work has already been successfully completed to share data with the NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham to support the transfer of patient care to a specialist Covid-19 treatment centre as part of the initial Covid-19 pandemic response, using the InterSystems solution that is common both to providers in H&W STP and in NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham.
II. The strategic approach to the development of an ICWR is to build on the existing investment in systems already in use that can be extended across the whole of the H&W STP. This approach was agreed by the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Digital Board earlier this year.
III. H&W STP has significant patient flows for tertiary services into Birmingham and Solihull STP, which has already selected InterSystems to deliver its integrated record solution.
IV. Wye Valley NHS Trust, which is a partner organisation within H&W STP, is part of a group of hospitals that are based in Coventry and Warwickshire STP which has also selected InterSystems to deliver its integrated record solution.
V. The continued strong partnerships working between Herefordshire and Worcestershire and in particular NHS Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust with University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, who similarly are part of the Birmingham and Solihull STP.
VI. The current Covid-19 pandemic response, the restoration of services and the increasing likelihood of a second wave in the lead into Winter 2020 is an increasingly urgent pressure on the transformation of services. Health and care services need to be delivered safely and effectively while maintaining current social distancing and other measures designed to reduce viral transmission. The H&W STP has already recognised that the transformation of services is dependent on an ICWR both in its Long-Term Plan and its associated Digital Strategy.
VII. Finally, the H&W STP is a partner in the West Midlands LHCRE programme and any local ICWR must be compatible with this programme.
Section V: Award of contract/concession
Section VI: Complementary information