Tender launched for GP IT Futures programme

NHS Digital has issued an invitation to tender for existing and new suppliers to deliver a new IT systems framework for primary care.

The GP IT Futures framework (which is the first framework in the new Digital Care Services model) tender has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), signalling to innovative and ambitious technology companies that the NHS GP system supplier market is now open for business. 

Sarah Wilkinson, Chief Executive at NHS Digital said: “We are absolutely committed to ensuring GPs have access to high quality technology systems and services, and that those systems also comply with standards and integrate effectively with the rest of the health and care system, so that hospitals and GPs have a full view of a patient’s record and can care for them safely and efficiently.”

“We are looking forward to working with incumbent and new providers over the coming months to ensure that from the start of next year GPs have a choice of high quality systems providers.”

The new GP IT Futures framework will replace the current GP System of Choice framework; creating an open and competitive market, which encourages the best technology companies to invest in the NHS. 

Suppliers will need to provide evidence of their capability and intent in their responses to the tender. Suppliers are also invited to start onboarding their solutions and services to the beta ‘Digital Buying Catalogue’.

Masood Nazir, NHS England SRO, for Primary Care Digital Transformation, said “GP IT Futures will enable the continued and future delivery of clinical IT systems to all general practices in England. It supports the ambitions set out in the NHS Long Term Plan for digital primary care.”

“Technology is a key enabler of quality, safety, efficiency and positive experience. A digital first approach to primary care will become a right for patients to choose. NHS Digital is working to secure the latest standards-based technologies to enable this in the most effective and efficient way into General Practice.”

Martin Warden, Director for the Digital Transformation in General Practice programme at NHS Digital, said: “The launch of GP IT Futures framework is a key stage in unlocking the full potential of digital innovation across the NHS.”

“The framework will ensure that GPs benefit from the best technology, which is flexible and adaptable enough to meet future needs. It will reduce administrative burden and give GPs access to faster, more efficient systems that feature the tools they need to make their jobs easier. This will free up time for the patients who need them.”

“For patients, the fact that systems can communicate across organisations means that they can be confident that the clinical professionals looking after them have access to the information they need to make the best decisions. It will also enable us to offer more and better-quality digital tools and services for patients, such as the opportunity to take up online or video call appointments with every GP by 2023.”