Innopsis has been working hard on behalf of its members this year. I’m writing to update you on the highlights for the year so far, and the plans that we have in place for the remainder of 2017.
The pace of change in the delivery of public services remains high, with an increasing focus on innovation and the potential to transform society through digital services. One thing is clear: the opportunity to remains enormous, and there is a pressing need for our members voice to be heard in shaping the future of digital infrastructure services.
The procurement programme for the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) provides one of the biggest changes in the public sector networking market in many years. Innopsis has been working with NHS Digital and Crown Commercial Service (CCS) to promote awareness of the potential with customers and suppliers, including hosting the HSCN Summit in [April]. To help our members maximise the opportunity, Innopsis have undertaken a number of training workshops on the process for achieving HSCN Compliance. We are also delighted that NHS Digital have asked us to take on a formal role in the governance of the HSCN Obligations Framework.
CCS are consulting on the proposed HSCN Framework (RM3825) which is planned to provide the primary route for customers to purchase HSCN Compliant services. Innopsis provide an essential route for pre-tender dialogue on the structure and terms of this framework so that it is widely adopted by the supply market and minimises the cost and time required for customers to procure.
You can find more information on the HSCN standards and our commentary on the process here
Future of PSN
There has been a great deal of press coverage about the future of PSN, and what will replace it. The PSN remains critical to the delivery of many public services, and its essential that these are maintained whilst taking advantage of new technologies. We held a well attended Future of PSN event in February of this year, and following extensive discussions with GDS have agreed to host the PSN User Forum in early October 2017. The details of this are set out here.
SME Engagement Programme
We have been working with the Contracts Finder Working Group managed by the Cabinet Office, focussed on improving the information available to all suppliers, especially SMEs. The early signs of this are encouraging – more buyers are posting notices and more suppliers viewing them. Over 100,000 email alerts are now issued to suppliers every week providing updates on relevant contract opportunities, and both customer and supplier registrations are consistently increasing.
Schedule of events for the remainder of 2017
Finally, I want to inform you about the upcoming schedule of events and key milestones for the remainder of the year.
21 – HSCN Supplier Update
27 – The Future of PSN
25 – HSCN Summit North (25th)
tbc – Once for London Launch
tbc – HSCN Procurement RM3825 Launch
tbc – Pre-Christmas Event
tbc – Annual General Meeting
The Business Case for Innopsis
The business case for Innopsis is simple: it provides access to insight and analysis of current and future public sector opportunities, a route to influence the scope and nature of major procurements and a voice for the industry to reduce the cost and complexity of bidding to government.
We arrange regular events to bring together buyers and suppliers and provide a platform for our members to promote their products and services to government.
Our objectives are to:
- make it easier and quicker for our members to do business with government
- enable government to maximise the benefits available from digital services by promoting a vibrant and active supplier community
- to provide better public services and to work together for the common good.
Innopsis is run on a not for profit basis, with a volunteer board nominated by its members. Your subscription is used directly to fund events, raise the profile of our members and drive initiatives to improve understanding and collaboration between government and industry.
I invite you to provide your feedback on the priorities that we should focus on as we look forward to 2018.