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New framework to offer NHS access to ‘cutting-edge technology’

A new framework to enable health and social care providers to support direct patient care has been launched by NHS Shared Business Services (SBS).

The Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS) framework, which offers access to “cutting-edge technology", helps NHS providers deliver round-the-clock personalised care to patients with long term conditions and complex care needs.

NHS SBS has developed the framework as a response to the increasing opportunities to use modern technology for those with ongoing care and support needs and aims to meet local and national objectives, such as the NHS Outcomes Framework.

Following a procurement process, 20 suppliers were awarded a place on the TECS framework across four different lots, covering a range of products and services that it says are convenient, accessible and cost-effective.

The “ready-to-use-contracts” will run until 2021 and are free to access for all public sector organisations, including the NHS.

They are Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) compliant, meaning that users can choose to make direct purchases to reduce time and administration costs, or run mini-tenders to drive additional value and ensure any more complex requirements are met.

The framework also includes continuous monitoring products and services (telehealth), which enable the exchange of data between a patient and their clinician, assisting in the diagnosis and monitoring of those with long term conditions.

Peter Akid, NHS SBS director of procurement, explained that technology is playing a larger part in healthcare than ever before.

He said: “The innovative products and services can be used by public sector organisations to help take pressure of frontline staff and support a seven day service.

“The new technology that is available on the framework also contributes to better integrated health and social care.”

He added: “Those organisations buying via the framework will benefit from high-quality products and services at the most competitive price.

“They will also have access to this new technology far more quickly, compared with purchasing directly from suppliers.”

NHS SBS manages over 100 framework agreements, covering a huge range of products and services used by the NHS and wider public sector, which are available quickly through the negotiated contracts, which it says will achieve cost savings without compromising on quality.

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